“33 Variations” is a play by Moisés Kaufman, inspired by Ludwig van Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. The play simultaneously examines the creative process behind Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and the journey of a musicologist, Katherine Brandt, to discover the meaning behind why Beethoven was compelled to write 33 distinct variations on a simple theme by a minor music publisher. The progression of her amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and her relationship with her daughter are also themes of the story, as is Beethoven’s growing deafness. The action takes place both in Beethoven’s time and the present, switching back and forth between the two. Showings are Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 5-7, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 8, 3 p.m. at Katherine L. White Hall, Vashon Center for the Arts (19600 Vashon Hwy. S.W., Vashon Island). Info: VashonCenterfortheArts.org.
Calling out to rock painters interested in trying something different: Take a look at alternative and homemade tools, a variety of sealants and multitudes of markers. This isn’t for beginners but for rock painters who have been doing this for awhile who would like to come together and share some of their techniques and learn something new. There are two sessions Oct. 7 at branches of the Tacoma Public Library: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Moore Branch or 3-5 p.m. at Kobetich Branch. Info: tacomalibrary.org.
TACOMA OPERA FUNDRAISER
At the Museum of Glass, 6 p.m. Oct. 7, there will be a dinner to raise funds for Tacoma Opera. Enjoy a delicious dinner with superb wine along with exciting silent and live auctions. It’s a great way to support the Tacoma Opera and have a ton of fun while doing it. $150 per person. Wear cocktail attire. Info: www.tacomaopera.com/capriccio-2.
Pierce County artists are encouraged to submit existing original portable artworks for consideration of purchase and installation at the new Eastside Community Center in Tacoma. Eastside artists and residents, people who have strong historical connections to the Eastside, people of Indigenous ancestry, and/or people of immigrant and refugee communities are especially encouraged to participate. On Oct. 7, 1-3 p.m., join artists Christopher Paul Jordan and Kenji Stoll for a free workshop at which aspiring artists can learn more about opportunities for artists related to the new Eastside Community Center. Participants will have a chance to ask questions about the portable works opportunity, and talk with professional artists and City arts staff about general opportunities for artists. Artists with a connection to Tacoma’s Eastside are encouraged to attend. Snacks will be served. RSVP to Asia Tail, email@example.com, (253) 591-5206. Information: cityoftacoma.org/artsopps.
24 HOUR COMIC BOOK CHALLENGE
Every year on the first Saturday of October (this year it is Oct. 7), an open challenge is issued to cartoonists across the world to conceive, write, sketch and ink a 24-page comic in 24 hours. The Cartoonists League of Absurd Washingtonians (aka: the CLAW) and Tacoma Games are taking the challenge. This will be the seventh year that the CLAW has led Tacoma’s cartoonists in the challenge, and it will be the third year that Tacoma Games will host the venue. Regardless of your skill level, the 24-Hour Comic Day Challenge is a test of your creativity, wit, guile and endurance. The CLAW challenges you to join this epic undertaking. You must register to participate. Info: 24hourcomicsday.com.