This week in NFK: 1920s Love Letters, Little League World Series, Vamps, Books, Swedish Beer, and more

by | Aug 5, 2022

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The businesses and tenants at Military Circe Mall were abruptly told that they have until the end of the year to do business, as the building has been scheduled for destruction. Rip it.

City leaders continue to pursue massive changes at the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority using several tactics. Rip it.

Carlos Clanton and Noelle Gabriel were voted in as interim chair and vice chair of the Norfolk School Board, respectively.

According to NOAA, Norfolk could see over 80 high tide flooding days by 2050. Rip it. 

The City of Norfolk won a lawsuit by a former Fire and Rescue employee who claimed retaliation, and a hostile work environment. Rip it. 

An abandoned safety deposit box contained 1920’s love letters between two men from Norfolk providing a glimpse into LGBTQ life a century ago. Rip it. 

Congressional Representatives and federal officials gathered in Norfolk to discuss the future of the Navy including funding increases for shipbuilding, repair, and mental health. Rip it. 

The White House nominated Jamar Walker as a judge for Norfolk’s Federal Court. Walker would be the first openly gay federal district Judge in Virginia. Rip it. 

Local veterans exposed to burn pits will soon have access to $280 billion in new aid funds with the passage of the PACT Act. Rip it. 

The number of uninsured in Virginia decreased by over seven percentage points since lawmakers passed Medicare expansion in 2019. Rip it. 

Starting this week, students with a much wider range of immigration statuses will be eligible for in-state college aid. Rip it. 

Renovations of EVMS student housing along the Hague have been completed just in time for the start of the new term. Rip it. 

The Fleet Park Little League “Senior Team” have made it to the Little League World Series and has gone 3-0 in the Tournament. Rip it. 

West Ghent is home to a decades-old men’s Volleyball league with over ten dozen players. Rip it.


9:16 Mobile-Focused Film Fest is now accepting submissions from creators who want to fill the world’s most popular canvas. (NFK Currents Orginal) Rip it.

ODU’s Perry Library is working to archive the Naro Video Collection and make it accessible to the public. (NFK Currents Orginal) Rip it. 

NEON Festival will return to Norfolk this fall and is seeking artists to perform, exhibit, and more. Rip it.

Tyler Donavan drops his new EP “Quick Gasps, Vol 1” on August 31st. Rip it. 

Norfolk-raised Emily Langhorne is releasing a new book titled “The Lonely Daffodil” with an accompanying launch party at Prince Books. Rip it.

Now open at For All Handkind: “Summer Camp Art Show,” an exhibition supporting the Hampton Roads Reproductive Justice League. Rip it.  

Clothing designers measured hundreds of Navy women as part of an effort to overhaul the standardized uniform sizing. Rip it.

The Sunsets on the River at the Hermitage series concludes with a finale show featuring Ladada and Fusion Groove Band on August 11th. Rip it.

Barry Art Museum continues its summer movie series with “Artificial Intelligence: AI” featuring complimentary popcorn. Rip it. 

Stock up on your art and design references at the Jean Outland Chrysler Library Used Book Sale next Friday. Rip it. 

7 Cities Sharks Rap Battle League hosts Levels battle on August 13th. Rip it.

Applications to exhibit artist work at MacArthur Center’s Offsite Gallery close on August 15th. Rip it.  

d’Art Center’s Summer Art Show is set to go down at Town Point Club this month. Rip it. 

LAVA MiniFest is taking over the Toast / Perro Blanco side lot with a 14-band lineup on August 27th. Rip it. 

Mean Jesus, ShotClock, Shehehe, and Song of Praise prepare to rock out Slowdive in September. Rip it. 

Mark your calendars for Norfolk’s cultural headliner, NEON Festival, in iits7th installment. Rip it.

Currently on Display:
MC Escher: Infinite Variations at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Motion / Emotion at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
Hirata Gōyō: The Birth of the Japanese Art Doll at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
Roberto Lugo: Pottery With Purpose. Rip it.
Drones at Nauticus. Rip it.



The average gas price in Virginia fell below $4 per gallon this week for the first time since spring. Rip it. 

New renderings are available for a planned ODU biology building. Rip it

Norfolk Public Schools is hiring dozens of school bus drivers with bonuses, stipends, and recruitment incentives. Rip it

A Cycle Bar is headed to 25th street, according to new leases signed this week. Rip it. 

NSU has joined the “Grow with Google” career readiness program for Black college students as part of a $3 million effort to train 100,000 students by 2025. Rip it.

Truist Bank is providing $75,000 for  Black BRAND’s B-Force business accelerator, which is a 12-week intensive training program for business owners. Rip it. 

The region’s wind energy efforts are becoming national models as nearby Governors visit and take note. Rip it. 

Inflation is pushing VDOT to lean on reserve funds for the HRBT Expansion Project. Rip it

CHKD is hosting a walk-in hiring event as they recruit licensed practical nurses (LPNs), medical assistants, and more. Rip it. 

The acquisition of xTuple, an early Norfolk tech company, has closed. The new owner, CAI, plans for an expansion of the business. Rip it. 

A Norfolk veterinarian has built a thriving mobile veterinary practice by finding traction among seniors. Rip it. 

Borjo, once thought to be gone forever, has been reopened under new ownership on Monarch Way. Rip it. 

Aldi’s new store off Little Creek Road opened this week. Rip it.

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A collective of DJs is leading the charge on the local House and EDM scene with a series of summer boat parties. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

VAMP, an event curated by Charles Rasputin, is bringing 80s, dark wave, new wave, and post-punk vibes to Slowdive. Rip it. 

Panties in a Twist, the all-female sketch comedy show by Push Comedy, celebrates 10 years with a two-night showing at the Norva in August. Rip it.

LAVA MiniFest is back at Toast with 14 musical acts and all the energy on August 27th. Rip it.

Relive the Scholastic Book Fair magic of your youth with this Boozy Book Fair at Reaver Beach in September. Rip it. 

Nauticus is rolling out its inaugural Sailfest featuring a sailing race, pier party, and more. Rip it. 

**Please note that listed times are start times, many events run several hours**
Norfolk Run Club meetup at Yorgo’s. 6:00 am. Rip it.
Sunrise Yoga + Coffee On the River at the Pagoda. 6:30 am. Rip it.
tHRive Member Meetup at Vessel Coffee. 8:00 am. Rip it.
Friday Happy Hour Wine Tasting with Vino Culture. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Ghent Farmers Market at Blair Middle School. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
First Friday Fountain Series at Crudo Nudo. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Make(HER) Collective Popup at Eleanor
Amy Kaus performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Steve Link performs live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Neptune Groove performs live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Dan Pellegrino performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
OV Backyard Barbecue at Ocean View Beach Park. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Blessings, Lessons, Stories, Destinations at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Stories on Stage: Art Saved My Life at Hermitage Museum and Gardens. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Bad Movie Night: Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet at ODU Planetarium. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
PBR Freedom Fridays at Waterside District. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
First Fridays Yin Yoga at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Just Bea Theatrical Performance at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Tides vs. Nashville Sounds at Harbor Park. 7:05 pm. Rip it.
Family Twilight Trek at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Vaudeville at the Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Pippin performed live at the Little Theater of Norfolk. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
JAG Duo performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Chris of Seven Ten Oil performs live at Tap It Local. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Summer Glam Fundraiser at the Wave. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
2 Up 2 Down with Jofroxi, Fake Uzumi, Natalie, and Gabe Niles at Slowdive Gallery. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Ultimate Roasting Championship at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

Send It! Road Ride with East Coast Cycles. 8:00 am. Rip it.
ERT Fun Ride with Pedego Electric Bikes. 8:30 am. Rip it.
East Beach Farmers Market at 9680 Shore Drive. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Farmers Market at Sunset Grill. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Family Day: Topsy-Turvy World of M.C. Escher at Chrysler Museum 10:00 am. Rip it.
Live Life Fresh Boombox Ride with Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it.
Rob White performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
East Beach Blonde Bash as Cova Brewing Company. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Slover Library benefiting Immunize Virginia. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Dragon Ball Super Store Championship at Atlantis Comics and Games. 12:30 pm. Rip it.
A Dam Good Benefit Show with the Reaver Beavers at Reaver Beach. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Yoga + Wine Tasting at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Music Match Bingo at Hank’s Filing Station. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Talisman Making Workshop Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Missing Digit Fest at Smartmouth Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Snackbar Jones and Jan & Zane perform live at Hank’s Filling Station. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Skylark with Skip Hancock performing live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Sunnyside Collective Nautical Nonsense departing Waterside Marina. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Saturday Night Yugioh at Atlantis Comics and Games. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
LAVA Presents: Dramtreeo at the Goode Theatre. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Tides vs. Nashville Sounds at Harbor Park. 6:35 pm. Rip it.
Couples Paint Night with Off The Canvas at 757 Makerspace. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Stand-Up Paddle Board Yoga at 1st View Beach. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Date Night Improv Show at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Silent Disco at Waterside District. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Charlton Phaneuf Duo performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Trouble in Pushville Improv Show at Grain. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
Travis Porter performs live at the Norva. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
Jamaica Independence Celebration at Ultra Lounge. 10:00 pm. Rip it.


Late Summer Sundays at the Plot with Lil Truck of Tools. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Slow-Mo Sundays Bike Ride at Local Bike Shop. 10:00 am. 
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Torch Yoga at Cova Brewing Co. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Beginner Kung Fu Training at the Gym Downtown. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Reggae Brunch with Tre Smith and Miami Fusion at Cova Brewing. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Yoga on Tap with Sky’s the Limit at Reaver Beach NFK. 10:45 am. Rip it.
Dustin Furlow performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Bumbling Beetz Urban Market at Benchtop Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Pokemon TCG Casual at Atlantis Comics and Games. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
‘We Are Norfolk” Meet and Greet at Azalea Inn. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Allegra Duchaine performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Tour de Orf departing Smartmouth. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Tides vs. Nashville Sounds at Harbor Park. 4:05 pm. Rip it. 
Glen Boswick & The Sound of Swing Orchestra at Ocean View Beach Park. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 

Brian Pinardi performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it.

Get a daily rundown of events on our Daily Instagram Story.


Stockpot is teaching its infamous cake decorating skills – alongside cocktails no less. Rip it.

Gin, fino sherry, blanc vermouth, grapefruit, lime, and cinnamon are inside the massive cocktail fountain at Crudo Nudo this Friday. Rip it. 

Don’t be a jerk. Grab yourself a jerk chicken taco with mango pico from Coco Jam in Selden Market. Rip it.

Three Ships is rolling out the summer moves with a cherry limey espresso tonic featuring those bougie borduex cherries. Rip it. 

For a limited time at Cova Brew Co there’s a white chocolate orange iced latte gracing the menu. Rip it

Benchtop worked with a Swedish brewery to create a single decocted rye lager collaboration beer. Rip it. 

Salmich’s Burgers and Hoagies is underrated in the Norfolk food lineup. Rip it. 

Naa’s Bakery may not look impressive, but they’ve got some of the best traditional baked goods and decades of fans to back them up. Rip it.

Nothing quite like hooking a tray to your car window and eating Doumar’s classics. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Pittsburgh’s Best at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Hades Wood Fired at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Senses Vegan at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.

Not Your Routine Poutine at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
DC Smoothies and The Hot Box at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Big Belly Food Truck at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Vangs VA at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.

Burrito Perdido at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Miami Fusion at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Bumbling Bee, Desmond’s Island, and more at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Red River Smokehouse at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.

Paul Stetson Rice

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Paul is the creator of He was born and raised in Norfolk, graduated from Virginia Tech, and narrowly avoided law school. Chat with him about economics, entrepreneurship, hip-hop, and hiking. When he's not working on five different projects, you'll catch him sharing a beer with friends at a local brewery.