1 'PRODIGAL SON' AT FLCC: The Finger Lakes Community College Visual and Performing Arts Department will present “Prodigal Son” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 in the Student Center Auditorium, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Hopewell. It's the story of Bronx teen Jim Quinn, played by FLCC student Jerrett Laskett, after he enrolls in a private, all-boys Catholic school in New Hampshire. He finds himself under the watch of headmaster Carl Schmitt (Jake Yearsley), and finds support in literature professor (Brandon Wyand) and the headmaster’s wife (Bayana Burnell and Victoria Elia). Tickets: $8 ($5 students/seniors, free with current FLCC ID). Details: 585-785-1242.

2 COPING THROUGH COMEDY: Finger Lakes Radio Group and Combat Comedians will present “Comix in the Castle” to benefit Toys for Tots at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at Belhurst Castle, 4069 West Lake Road, Geneva. Combat Comedians features war veterans who have learned coping skills through comedy. Mike Aydelotte, Dayna Lee and Mark Burks will join comedians Lonny the Likeable Lush, Vinny D and Ralph Tetta. Paul Szmal, of The Wall 101.7, will host the event. Toys will be accepted at the event (and also at HEP Sales in Auburn, Canandaigua, Newark, Penn Yan and Waterloo). Tickets are available locally at Simple Sweets, 93 Castle St., Geneva.

3 RPO, SINGERS JOIN FORCES: Beethoven's final symphony — No. 9, "Choral," which culminates in the majestic "Ode to Joy" — will be presented by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, on Gibbs Street in Rochester. Joining the RPO for the concert — which also includes Wagner's "Prelude and Liebestod" from "Tristan and Isolde" — will be soprano Katie Van Kooten, mezzo-soprano Cassandra Velasco, tenor Paul Groves and bass Michael Chioldi, plus the 176-member Eastman-Rochester Chorus directed by William Weinert. Ward Stare conducts the RPO. A pre-concert talk with Stare and special guests will start one hour before the concert, in the orchestra level of the Eastman Theatre. Tickets are available at 585-454-2100, Rochester-area Wegmans stores or through rpo.org.

4 DIVERSITY OF DANCE: The Koshare Dance Collective, comprised of students from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will take the stage Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18, at Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St. The Koshare concert showcases a diverse variety of dance genres, in celebrating the inclusivity of the HWS dance community. The concert starts at 7 p.m. both nights. Tickets: $10 (free for HWS students with ID and those 18 and younger), available at thesmith.org.

5 MARVEL AT THE MILKY WAY: Friday, Nov. 17, is to be a nearly moonless night, offering the perfect opportunity for star-gazers (novice or experienced) to make your way to a remote place and get a great view of the Milky Way, as well as the Summer Triangle, globular and open star clusters, nebulae and double stores), with your eyes and telescope. The Star Party will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Rochester Museum & Science Center's Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples. Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars and red lights. (If it's overcast, you can stream the night sky in Cumming's Riedman Theater.) Admission: $3 per person, $10 per family (free for RMSC members). Tickets: rmsc.org.