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Harbor Happenings: Last chance for Curtis photos at history museum

Posted on January 31st, 2023 By:

The Harbor History Museum’s special exhibit, “Tinted Light: Edward Curtis’ Picture Opera,” is nearing the end of its run.

The show features hand-tinted slides created by renowned Seattle-based photographer Edward Curtis, best known for his portraits of Native Americans. The slides are some of the only color versions of his iconic black-and-white images.

The images are on loan from a private collector. The exhibit continues into March.

The museum is located at 4121 Harborview Drive. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free.

“Tinted Light: Edward Curtis’ Picture Opera” continues into March.

Talent show audition deadline

The deadline to audition for the Gig Harbor Has Talent showcase is Friday, Feb. 3.

It’s open to all elementary- and middle-school students in the Peninsula School District who’d like to show off their talents — dancing, singing, playing a musical instrument, stand-up comedy, martial arts, magic or practically anything else.

The showcase, staged by the Gig Harbor Kiwanis, will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. March 25 at Swift Water Elementary School.

To audition, download an application and upload a video by clicking here.

School district musicians

Peninsula School District musicians have a couple upcoming performances.

The district’s Choral Festival is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Chapel Hill Church. Every school in the district that has a choral program will participate.

Peninsula High School’s music department hosts the Regional Solo and Ensemble competition Feb. 4. Students from high schools throughout the South Sound area – including more than a dozen musicians from Gig Harbor High School – will perform. The competition is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the school’s auditorium, choir room and band room.

Gig Harbor High School band member David Rogers will solo on tenor saxophone at the district solo and ensemble competition.

More music

  • Scottish-born fiddler Louise Bichan and Indiana mandolinist Ethan Setiawan, in the collaboration they call Hildaland, performs Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Gig Harbor BoatShop. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and music starts at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome. Buy tickets here.
  • Local country singer Joel Gibson Jr and his band perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at Ocean5. Tickets cost $20.
  • Chris and Jerry play the blues at the Olalla Valley Winery at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Chris Klein is a guitar/saxophonist who has played all over the U.S. and Asia. Guitar and bass player Jerry Zybach has represented Oregon at the International Blues Challenge and also tours nationally. Tickets cost $15. Make reservations here.


  • The Gig Harbor Literary Society Book Club meets at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Harbor History Museum. This month’s book, “My Own Two Feet,” by Beverly Cleary, follows the popular children’s author through her college years during the Depression, her jobs (including as a librarian), her marriage and writing and publication of her first book, “Henry Higgins.” Bring a snack to share.
  •  This week’s Flashback Cinemas at the Galaxy Theatres are Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” at noon, 3 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1; and the Doris Day-Rock Hudson classic “Pillow Talk” at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5. Tickets cost just $5 for all Flashback movies.
  • Harbor WildWatch divers will take their cameras and lights into the water beneath the Maritime Pier (next to the Tides Tavern) at this month’s Pier into the Night, at 6 p.m. Feb. 4. The divers will video-stream the critters they find, while staff biologists and volunteers identify the sea life that appear on the big video screen. Free for all ages.

Find more upcoming events, or submit your own, to our calendar. Or email upcoming events to [email protected].