Comedy, Music, and Ballet

A busy weekend at Guild Hall
At the Hampton International Film Festival’s screening of “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” on Friday at Gurney’s Resort in Montauk, Mr. Hamilton discussed the film with Rory Kennedy, its director, and Alec Baldwin. Jackie Pape

This weekend will be a busy one at Guild Hall, with its annual summer party tomorrow evening and two new art exhibitions opening on Saturday. 

Nothing stops the juggernaut of its John Drew Theater, however, which will turn over its stage on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. to JB Smoove, a writer, comedian, and actor perhaps best known for his role as Leon on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Mr. Smoove’s unique comedic talents have been deployed on television, at stand-up venues, as a co-star in films with Chris Rock, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Johan Hill, Matt Damon, and Sasha Baron Cohen, among others, and as an award-winning writer on “Saturday Night Live.” Tickets range from $45 to $100, $43 to $95 for members.

The string quartet Ethel, artists in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will perform an eclectic program of music on Sunday evening at 8. Consisting of Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), Kip Jones (violin), and Corin Lee (violin), the group has performed the work of such innovative composers as Philip Glass, John Zorn, Steve Reich, Don Byron, and Terry Riley. 

Sunday’s program will include “The Wanderer’s Tale,” a new composition commissioned by the group from Bruce Wolosoff, the Shelter Island composer who was recently made a trustee of Guild Hall. Tickets are $25 to $75, $23 to $70 for members.

Only a few tickets remain as of press time for “New York City Ballet: On and Off Stage,” which will make its annual appearance at Guild Hall on Friday, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m. The program will feature principal dancer Jared Angle, who will present excerpts from the company’s repertoire. Tickets are $45 to $100, $43 to $95 for members.