1 PHONE HOME: Stephen Spielberg's classic 1982 film about an alien who just wants to go home — and who has a taste for Reeses Pieces — gets the orchestral treatment this weekend when the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presents "'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' in Concert." The RPO, with Matthew Kraemer as guest conductor, will perform John Williams' Academy Award-winning score as the movie is shown on the big screen. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, both in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Gibbs Street, Rochester. Tickets: 585-454-2100, Rochester area Wegmans stores, rpo.org.
2 TELL ALL THE TRUTH BUT TELL IT SLANT: Actress Vicki Casarett will once again reprise her role as Emily Dickinson in "The Belle of Amherst," a one-woman show by William Luce based on the poet's life, at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Cobbletone Arts Center, 1622 state Route 332, Farmington. Drawing from Dickinson's poetry and letters, the two-act play gives a voice to the enigmatic and reclusive poet. Casarett has performed this role at regional, state, national and internationsl festivals over the years. Admission: $20. Details: bit.ly/2of6bpn.
3 THE 'NATURAL' WORLD: "All Natural," an exhibit of Canandaigua photographer Peter Blackwood's work, is currently on display at The 1570 Gallery at Valley Manor, 1570 East Ave., Rochester. Blackwood is known for his outdoors photography — from sites local and across the country — ranging from landscapes to intricate studies of insects, birds and other creatures. An opening reception is set for 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12. The exhibit runs through Feb. 19, and the venue is wheelchair-accessible. Admission: Free.
4 TAKE A HIKE: Victor Hiking Trails is planning a Saturday morning hike at the Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area, 6775 Canadice Hill Road in the town of Canadice. The hike starts at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13; wear hiking boots, skis and snowshoes, and bring water, a snack and proper outerwear. Meet at 9 a.m. at Victor Town Hall, 85 E. Main St., Victor, or at the park. Details: 585-234-8226, victorhikingtrails.org.
5 THE CURTAIN RISES: Opening this weekend on Rochester-area theatrical stages: Webster Theatre Guild's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (Jan. 12-20), opening at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, with subsequent performances at 2 p.m. Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, 2 p.m. Jan. 20, and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20, at Webster Thomas High School, 800 Five Mile Line Road, Webster (tickets at 585-678-1158); and TYKEs' (Theatre Young Kids Enjoy) production of "Fly Guy, the Musical" at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2 p.m. Jan. 14, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jan. 20, and 2 and 4:30 p.m. Jan. 21, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Brighton (tickets at 585-461-2000).