This Week in NFK: Art Drama, Tax Hearings, Echoes of the Heart, Halibut, Miso Coffee, Key Lime Pie Beer, and more.

by | Jun 2, 2023

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This coming Tuesday, the City of Norfolk is hosting a Real Estate Reassessment Public Hearing where citizens can speak on their tax rates. Rip it.  

ImpactVA is hosting an event for the locally unhoused this Saturday, bringing together healthcare services, mental health support, housing specialists, legal aid, and more. Rip it. 

Norfolk’s Ohio Creek Watershed Project won a national award for Excellence in Floodplain Management. Rip it. 

Elaina Dariah is collecting petition signatures to change the name of Barraud Park as it gets $4.5 million in redevelopment. Rip it. 

A Virginia Department of Education with recommendations for improving the state of K – 12 education is more than six months late. Rip it. 

The Commonwealth has ended college degree requirements for most state jobs. Rip it. 

The Virginia Zoo announced that the renovated “Trail of the Tiger” will reopen later this month. Rip it. 

Hurricane season has started; here’s what you need to know. Rip it. 

Norfolk Botanical Garden is donating select plant material to the Virginia Zoo to supplement animal diets. Rip it. 

The Norfolk Tides remain the best in the international league, leading their nearest competitor by seven wins. Rip it. 


Internationally renowned artist Claudi Bueno’s exhibit at the Hermitage opens next week and is sure to light up the hearts of the city. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

The Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association alleges that “Wounded Indian,” a sculpture currently in possession of the Chrysler Museum, was stolen from MCMA before being obtained by the Chrysler Museum. Rip it.

Norfolk is home to a rare cemetery for Black Civil War veterans, but some say its being neglected. Rip it.

Back-to-back music fests rock the city this weekend with LAVA Presents’ Grilled Out and NorFunk Fest. Rip it.

Delectable, a juried national exhibit of food-themed artwork, opens at d’Art this weekend. Rip it.

Prep your ears for the experience with pre-fest Spotify playlists for Grilled Out and NorFunk Fest. Rip it.

Norfolk Chamber Consort’s season finale is “The Game of Pairs,” which is a two-part journey through the works of Ravel, Bach, Debussey, and more. Rip it.

The Broadway “rock opera” Jesus Christ Superstar comes to Chrysler Hall through the weekend. Rip it.

ODU Libraries and Virginia Championship Wrestling will host a panel discussion on the cultural value of professional wrestling ahead of two VCW shows. Rip it. 

Currently on Display:
Barbara Earl Thomas: The Illuminated Body at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
IDEAL, Intentional Designs of Expression in Artistic Languages at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
The Great Exhibition: Bébés at the Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
Perspectives: Modern and Contemporary Glass from the Waitzer Collection at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
People, Places, Dreams & Things at Gallery 21. Rip it.
Abstract Portraits in Mixed Media by Zander Riegle at The Gallery At Elation. Rip it. 


Learn how Cafe Mudita got its start in Ocean View on the Norfolk Currents podcast. Rip it.

Tight labor markets persist across the economy, and the City of Norfolk is looking to fill 26 lifeguard positions ahead of the summer beach rush. Rip it.

Norfolk International Airport added three new non-stop flights via Breeze Airways. Rip it. 

The local Federal firefighters union says that staffing shortages have forced some federal fire stations to shut down. 
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The CEO of the Norfolk Botanical Garden has left the organization for a new role while NBG undertakes the largest expansion in its history. Rip it.

The Virginia Maritime Association is hosting a breakfast briefing on “Developing an Energy Roadmap for Virginia’s Maritime Industry” later this month. Rip it.

The Sentara Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance was recently presented with the R. Bryan Grinnan, M.D. Memorial Research Award. Rip it.

Chicken Salad Chick is coming to the Railyard on 25th. Rip it. 

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Double festivals take over the Toast lot this weekend with NorFunk Fest and Grilled Out. (NFK Currents Orginal). Rip it.

The Norfolk Tides play Gwinnett Strippers this weekend. Rip it.

Jesus Christ Superstar is playing at Chrysler Hall this weekend. Rip it.

Next weekend is the 2023 Norfolk Harborfest at Town Point Park. Rip it.

Nauticus is holding a Father’s Day Weekend Festival in two weeks. Rip it.

The Admirals dropped their 23-24 schedule. Rip it. 

Run Club Friday Meetup at Yorgo’s Bageldashery. 6:00 am. Rip it 
Lego Days in The Art Room at 757 Creative ReUse Center. 10:00 am. Rip it 
Writers Coffee Break at Cafe Stella. 10:00 am. Rip it
Ghent Farmers Market at Blair Middle. 4:00 pm. Rip it 
LAVA Presents NorFunk Fest. 5:00 pm. Rip it 
ZooGrooves at The Virginia Zoo. 5:30 pm. Rip it 
Friday Night Live at Cova Brewing Company. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
Full Strawberry Moon Circle at Kindred Spirit. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
Talisman Making at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
2nd Annual Band Brawl at Norview High School. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
TomKat performing at Ocean View Pier. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Bad Movie Night at Michael and Kimthanh Lê Planetarium. 6:30 pm. Rip it 
Aniela Salinas performing at Elation. 6:30 pm. Rip it 
Mysteries Brought to the Surface – Shrouded History of Norfolk Exhumed at Elmwood Cemetery. 6:30 pm. Rip it 
Norfolk Tides vs. Gwinnett Stripers at Harbor Park. 6:35 pm. Rip it 
Waterside Summer Concert Series – Schooner or Later. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Jesus Christ Superstar (Touring) at Chrysler Hall. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
Superlatives! The Improvised High School Reunion at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
PRIDE Foam Party 2023 at The Wave. 9:00 pm. Rip it 
ACE&ARO+ Affirming Space / Meetings. 9:30 pm. Rip it 
Ultimate Roasting Championship at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it 

Weekend Long Run. 7:15 am. Rip it 
Send It Saturday Morning Group Ride at East Coast Bicycles. 8:00 am. Rip it 
Clean the Bay Day on the ERT at Benchtop Brewing. 9:00 am. Rip it 
East Beach Farmers Market. 9:00 am. Rip it 
Vintage Mini Market at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 9:00 am. Rip it
Norfolk’s 34th Annual Clean the Bay Day at Northside Park. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Walk and Talk at Weyanoke Bird and Wildflower Sanctuary. 10:00 am. Rip it 
COVA Moves: Pure Barre. 10:00 am. Rip it 
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Slover Library. 10:00 am. Rip it 
3rd Annual CBAA Art Crawl. 10:00 am. Rip it 
Reiki 1 Attunement at Ocean View Yoga. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Stability Ball Yoga at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 10:45 am. Rip it 
2023 PRIDE Month Kick-Off Party at MJ’s Tavern. 11:00 am. Rip it 
Brunch Themed Opening Reception for the Delectable Exhibition at d’Art Center. 11:00 am. Rip it 
Basic Sewing Machine Maintenance at 757 Creative ReUse Center. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
NBN Academy Summer Mixer at Assembly NFK. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
Living Water Community Fun Festival. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Commander Clash at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Digimon Store Championship at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Illusions The Drag Queen Brunch Show at EZ Lounge. 1:30 pm. Rip it.
Aloha to Summer: Aloha State of Mind Luau Party at Cova Brweing. 3:00 pm. Rip it 
Stage Select at the Slover Library. 3:00 pm. Rip it
LAVA Presents: Grilled Out at Toast. 4:00 pm. Rip it 
Throw Yourself Into Pottery at All Hands Pottery. 4:30 pm. Rip it.
Yogi Slumber Party & Movie Night at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
Norfolk Tides vs. Gwinnett Stripers at Harbor Park. 6:35 pm. Rip it 
Black Artists Tour at The Plot. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
Myra Smith the Phoenix & The Phoenix Band performing at Boss Queens Soul Cafe. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
Red Stapler performing at MJ’s Tavern. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
Waterside Summer Concert Series – The Vince Kornegay Band. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
Black Artists Tour at The Plot. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
The 4th Annual Miss Unity Pageant at 37th & Zen. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Date Night at the Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
Jesus Christ Superstar  at Chrysler Hall. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
Silent Disco at Waterside District. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
2nd Annual Heart & Soul Pre-Juneteenth Steppers Bash. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
MonoMania! The Completely Crazy Improvised Play at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it 

Restore Summer Glow Event at Restore Hyper Wellness. 10:00 am. Rip it 
Slow-Mo Sunday Group Ride at Local Bike Shop NFK. 10:30 am. Rip it 
Yoga on Tap – Reaver NFK. 10:45 am. Rip it 
Come Meet and Join The Calos Coalition! at 757 Creative ReUse Center. 11:00 am. Rip it
Vegan Urban Market at Benchtop Brewing Company. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
Scarlet & Violet: Paldea Evolved Prerelease at Atlantis Games & Comics. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
1st OV Mermaid Festival. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Anatomy for Yoga Teachers at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
MTG Modern Sunday at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Sunday Funday: Board Game Night at COVA. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Family Day: Earth, Wind and Fire at The Chrysler Museum of Art. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Norfolk Tides vs. Gwinnett Stripers at Harbor Park. 1:05 pm. Rip it 
Pride Ride on the ERT at Smartmouth Beer. 3:00 pm. Rip it 
The Plot Party Dance Showcase at The Plot. 4:00pm. Rip it.
Full Moon Circle at Aries Apothecary. 5:30 pm. Rip it  
Mishaps and Misfortune Cemetery Tour at Cedar Grove Cemetery.6:00 pm. Rip it 
Makers Craft Brewery w/ The Storyweavers. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
Jesus Christ Superstar at Chrysler Hall. 6:30 pm. Rip it 
South Side Little Big Band performing at OV Beach Park. 7:00 pm. Rip it.



Blueberry brown sugar espresso drinks are one of the new cocktails at Cafe Mudita. Rip it.

Reaver Beach dropped a Key Lime Pie Fruited Sour that you should definitely be trying. Rip it.

Calling all athletes, you can grab a low cal, low ABV, and low gluten beer from Benchtop. Rip it.

The Jollof at Yendidi is not to be doubted. Rip it.

Cornbread is as good as gold at My Mama’s Kitchen. Rip it.

Starfruit in a beer? Catch Odd Breed at the Birch while it lasts. Rip it.

Catch extra special WTF Doggs at Toast for Grilled Out and Norfunk Fest this weekend. Rip it.

Oysters galore will be roasted (and raw) at Willoughby Fish House’s Pint rost this Saturday. Rip it.

The new halibut at Glass Light Hotel is vibrant. Rip it.

Miso in a latte? Me so curious! Test it with your tastebuds at Kobros. Rip it. 

The lemon cream cake tastes as gorgeous as it looks. Rip it. 

Food Truck Sightings:
Deutscher Imbiss at Maker’s Craft. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at COVA. Rip it.
Revery at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Hades Wood Fired at Reaver Beach. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner. Rip it.

Shawna’s at Maker’s Craft. Rip it.
Sour Street Pizza & Silver Fox at COVA. Rip it.
Flippin Hangry at Reaver Beach. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner.  Rip it.

The Lit Auntie at Maker’s Craft. Rip it.
Flippin Hangry at Reaver Beach. Rip it.
Avocargo at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner. Rip it.

Paul Stetson Rice

Chelsea, NFK

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.