Happy Thursday!

  • 🤩 Analis and Max here with your guide to weekend happenings.

Situational awareness: The Timberwolves play the Sacramento Kings 7pm Friday and the Los Angeles Clippers 2:30pm Sunday at Target Center. Tickets start at $25.

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1 big thing: 🇮🇹 Goditi i film (Enjoy the films)

Scenes from four movies at the Italian Film Festival. Photo: MSP Film Society

Watch Italian cinema of various genres and hear from directors at the 15th annual Italian Film Festival.

Stay of play: The Italian Cultural Center and the MSP Film Society are teaming up for the cinema festival featuring a dozen films — both new and old classics.

  • Italian appetizers and drinks will be offered from 6–7pm tonight before the opening film, "La Chimera," at 7:30pm.

If you go: General admission for individual screenings is $14. Packs and all-access passes are available.

Stop by: Tonight through Sunday at The Main Cinema in Minneapolis. View film lineup here.

In other entertainment news…

🪕 Listen to over 30 bluegrass bands and performers Friday through Sunday at the Minnesota Bluegrass Winter Weekend at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West Hotel in Plymouth. Festivities begin at 6pm Friday.

🛍️ Shop local artisans' handmade goods at March Makers Mart at Boom Island Brewing in Minnetonka, noon–5pm Sunday.

🇸🇪 Enjoy a night of Nordic folk music, learn Swedish folk dances and watch performances from special guests Helena Hallberg, ASI Spelmanslag and Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag (a key fiddle group) at Midwinter Folkfest at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.

🍴 Try food from 17 restaurants and get exclusive deals now through Sunday as part of Eagan Restaurant Week. View participating spots and make reservations here.

📺 Learn about the legacy of Franklin, the Peanuts' first Black character, with a panel discussion featuring cartoonist Robb Armstrong, director Raymond Persi and Melissa Menta, senior vice president at Peanuts Worldwide, at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Free.

🧊 Take a polar plunge to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota, 10:30am Saturday at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. Register here.

  • The Frozen 5K and Dash & Splash will also take place on Saturday.
  • Can't make it? Watch the livestream here.

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2. 📺 Your streaming guide

Adam Sandler in "Spaceman." Photo: Larry Horricks/Netflix

Here's what's new on Netflix, BET+, Peacock, Hulu, Disney+, Apple TV+ and Prime Video.

What we're watching: A new drama with Adam Sandler as an astronaut, a new series about Freaknik-era Atlanta and a documentary with new details about Natalee Holloway's killer.

My pick of the week

"Spaceman" — Available tomorrow on Netflix

The intrigue: Adam Sandler, Carey Mulligan and Paul Dano star in this new somber drama about a lonely and troubled astronaut who gets help from a mysterious creature.

Driving the news: Sandler recently accepted the People's Icon Award at the 2024 People's Choice Awards.

Don't miss these

"Perimeter" — Available now on BET+

Behind the scenes: This new series about drug culture, hip-hop and political corruption in 1990s Atlanta is directed by Armani Ortiz, who was also behind the camera for Tyler Perry's 2023 documentary.

What they're saying: "We pulled from everything possible — David Fincher … 'Reservoir Dogs' ... and some of our favorite films in terms of how we wanted [the series] edited and structured," Ortiz told Axios.

"Pathological: The Lies of Joran van der Sloot" — Available now on Peacock

Catch up quick: This new documentary chronicles Joran van der Sloot's history of deception and violence. Van der Sloot is currently serving a 28-year prison sentence in Peru for the murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores. Last year, he confessed to killing Alabama high school student Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005.

More to watch

"Shōgun" on Hulu

  • This new limited series about a civil war in 1600s Japan is based on James Clavell's bestselling novel. Available now.

"Iwájú" on Disney+

  • This new animated series about a girl in futuristic Nigeria is a collaboration between Disney and Kugali, a Pan-African comic book company. Available now.

"American Conspiracy: The Octopus Murders" on Netflix

  • Researcher Christian Hansen digs into the details behind the death of Danny Casolaro, a journalist who was reporting on a government conspiracy called "The Octopus." Available now.

"The Tourist" season 2 on Netflix

  • Elliot and Helen are confronted with the dangerous consequences of Elliot's past actions as they travel to Ireland to find answers about Elliot's identity. Available now.

More new streaming titles

Our picks:

🛼 Analis is celebrating her best friend's birthday at the roller-skating rink. Happy Birthday, Mylia!

🌴 Maxwell is getting some R&R in Hawaii.

Have a great weekend!

Editor's note: This newsletter has been corrected to reflect that Minnesota United's game is at 1pm (not 2pm).

Thanks to our editor Ashley May and copy editor Egan Millard.