7:30 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Robinson Performance Hall. $16-$68.
Steven Spielberg’s 1982 “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial” is so dominant in the formative lives of Gen Xers that the movie’s almost never referred to by its full title, and yet somehow time has not remembered it for the sinewy, suspenseful thing that it is. “E.T.” is rife with family dysfunction, gut-rattling alien noises and menacing government scientists in astronaut-militia gear and yet still gets unjustly relegated to the realm of “heartwarming family flicks,” filed infuriatingly next to drivel like “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Perhaps it’s because we forget, until we see the movie again, how bizarre and foreboding John Williams’ score makes the film feel, and how much of the film’s DNA is inextricably tied to those musical cues.
Be reminded of all that with a screening at Robinson Performance Hall. Under the direction of Geoffrey Robson, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs the score to Spielberg’s film live, just below the HD projection screen. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 11-12. Get tickets at arkansassymphony.org.