This weekend, the craft beer festivals keep on rolling, ski season starts coming into view, Ol’ Dirty Bastard hits the big screen, and the Patriots head down to North Cackalacky to take on the Panthers. If all else fails, get a head start on your holiday shopping. Or wait a few weeks and be miserable. That’s cool, too.

Movies: Bruce Dern stars as a cranky old man in “Nebraska,” but keep your eyes out for “Saturday Night Live” vet Will Forte as his son. If the man behind “MacGruber” can pull off the serious role, he may even be involved in some Oscar chatter. The life of late Wu Tang MC, Dirt McGirt, AKA Osirus, AKA Big Baby Jesus, AKA Ol’ Dirty Bastard is examined in a new documentary, “Dirty: Platinum Edition.” The film, directed by Dirty’s cousin Stephon Turner, features interviews with other members of Wu Tang Clan and previously unreleased tracks.

Other movies opening this weekend include “Sunlight Jr.,” a love story starring Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon, and “The Best Man Holiday,” which is a follow-up to the 1999 romantic comedy, “The Best Man.”

Sports: The Patriots head down south to take on the Carolina Panthers, who just walked away with a 10-9 win over the San Francisco 49ers. The Celtics play Friday at home against the Trail Blazers then travel to Minnesota on Saturday to face the red hot Kevin Love and the Timberwolves. The Bruins host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday and then take on the Senators in Ottawa on Friday.


Nov. 15-16: Drink Craft Beer Fall to Winter Fest

With three events over the course of Friday and Saturday, this beer showcase focuses on the turn of the season and combining ingredients for rich and warm craft brews. The festival, taking place at Space 57 at the Revere Hotel, will feature 25 regional brewers and over 80 beers, all with free samples ($50, 21+).

Nov. 15-17: 37th Boston International Antiquarian Book Festival

For those admittedly less scholarly (guilty), an antiquarian book is a book that is viewed as a collector’s item or a unique physical object. Whether you have deep pockets and want to grab a coffee table piece or two or you’re just a bibliophile looking to poke around, this festival at the Hynes Convention Center is a good way to spend a fall weekend ($8-15, all ages).

Nov. 14-17: Ski and Snowboard Expo

Kick the ski and snowboard season off a bit early by joining this enormous gathering of retailers hawking the latest equipment and mountain and resort representatives offering early deals on lifts and lodging (at Seaport World Trade Center; $12, all ages).

Nov. 16: Comics Come Home 19

Denis Leary hosts this charitable annual comedy event benefitting the Cam Neely Foundation. This year’s lineup includes Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan, John Mulaney, and more (at Agganis Arena; 7:30 p.m., $38-123, all ages).

Nov. 17: Inked Magazine presents SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque

Fans of body art, emo culture, or burlesque would probably be into this kind of thing (at House of Blues; 9 p.m., $25, 18+).