This Week in NFK: Auditor, Water, Live Music, Spring Markets, and more.

by | Apr 21, 2023

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Is there actually something in the water? … Or at least the aquifer? (NFK Currents Original). Rip It.

The Norfolk City Auditor found that the City Manager did not violate city code in the highly-scrutinized hiring of a new Police Chief. Rip it.

The State of the City Address highlighted public safety and job growth; it left out Military Circle and Casino projects. Rip it.

Deputy Chief Michael Maslow has been named the Acting Chief of Police until Chief Talbot begins his duties in May. Rip It.

New data shows that police across the region disproportionately stop Black people in traffic stops. Rip it.

After investigative reporting, Norfolk installed and repaired security camera systems in all 14 public parking garages. Rip It.

NRHA is opening its Project Based Voucher Tax Credit program waitlist for Grandy Village, Franklin ARms, and Church Street Station. Rip it.

A Norfolk native is looking to build a pharmacy in Campostella, but zoning issues are in the way. Rip It.

CHKD received a $100,000 donation for a new pediatric mental health hospital in the area. Rip It.

A new mapping tool reveals community green space disparities across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Rip it.

The region is under red-flag fire warnings due to dry, windy conditions. Rip it.

While many parts of Virginia saw population growth between 2020 and 2022, Norfolk’s population declined by 2%. Rip it.

Soon all Virginia schools will have defibrillators thanks to new requirements and funding. Rip It.

Members of the LGBTQ+ community are planning to hold a “Pride and Proud Protest and March” at Towne Point Park next weekend. Rip it.

Nauticus was awarded $500 thousand dollars to fund a new STEM Discovery Lab where education demonstrations can be held. Rip It.

The Norfolk Botanical Garden’s spring sale is on now until April 30th. Rip It.

Two Norfolk residents have spent a decade volunteering with Operation Blessing. Rip it.

Norfolk has been selected to participate in a philanthropy initiative to target racial wealth inequality. Rip It.


Keep an eye out for the birdhouses designed by professional architects and everyday folks alike at Norfolk Botanical Garden this summer. Rip It.

The Hermitage is taking on a massive project to expand its visual arts school. Rip it.

A decades-old boxing club is building great boxers and even better humans. Rip it.

Black Flag & Father John Misty come to the Norva this week. Rip It.

Check out all the local artists in SITW activities with this community playlist. Rip it.

Reviews are in for the Wells Theatre production of “Henry V.” Rip It. & Rip It.

The Norfolk Tides will be playing as the Norfolk Red Stockings, the historic all-black team from the city, in honor of Jackie Robinson Day in June. Rip it.

Lethal Means, Public Acid, Spore, Relief, and Ulamog perform at Norfolk Taphouse on April 28th. Rip it.

Taste of India: From Fabrics to Fashion coming to Chartway Arena. Rip it.

Khi Infinite dropped a new single: “Lights Please,” featuring Pusha T and Chase B. Rip it.

Currently on Display
The Sloane Collection at The Hermitage. Rip it.
Ninth Annual Wearable Arts Exhibition at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Facing Ourselves: Mike Disfarmer and the American Portrait at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Barbara Earl Thomas: The Illuminated Body at the Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Sam Bartlett: Low Stakes, Plywood Cutouts & Everyday Comix at Gordon Art Galleries. Rip it.
PERSPECTIVES: Modern and Contemporary Glass at the Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
The Great Exhibition: Bébés at the Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
“Blue Musings” by Hanna Kirby at Offsite Gallery. Rip it.
Still Jaybird Photography: Black & White Street Photography At The Gallery at Elation Brewing. Rip it.


NSU is leading a boom in innovation and entrepreneurship in the city. (NFK Currents Original). Rip It.

Monique Adams is stepping down as executive director of 757 Angels and 757 Collab. Rip It.

S&P Global Rating affirmed the City’s credit rating of “General Obligation” debt. Rip it.

The State Corporation Commission signed off on nine solar projects and an energy storage project that will be owned and operated by Dominion Energy. Rip it.

The Virginia Employment Commission’s performance is still last or nearly last among the 50 states in several key categories. Rip it.

Coworking in the region is some of the most expensive, according to a new study. Rip it.

RISE, a Norfolk-based nonprofit, has awarded $1.5 Million to 5 local flood insurance companies to enhance research into innovations. Rip It.

Stromberg/Garrigan & Associates is relocating its office to 121 W Tazewell. Rip it.

The Hampton Roads Biomedical Research Consortium, a partnership among ODU, NSU, EVMS, and Sentara, is officially open. Rip it.

This week Norfolk hosted a cruise ship that sells a $45,000 sixty-day cruise. Rip it.

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Cheers to Two Years: Block Rocking Bash to Celebrate Reaver Beach’s Second Anniversary (NFK Currents Original). Rip It
Join DJ Canrock at Harbor Park before every Friday game this season. Rip it.
May is National Bike Month, and Norfolk is giving power to the pedal. Celebrate with safe places to ride, locally owned shops, and plenty of cycling events happening throughout the month. Rip It
Quit Whining! Wine Fest will be back at Town Point on May 6th. Rip It.
Norfolk’s massive Harborfest is back and better than ever on June 9th. Rip it.

Norfolk Run Club Friday Meetup at Yorgo’s Bageldashery. 6:00 am. Rip it
Town Center Cold Pressed Grand Opening at The Main. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Community Wellness Day At LGBT Life Center. 2:00 pm. Rip it
Third Friday Clay Throwdown at d’Art Center. 4:00 pm. Rip it
Ghent Farmers Market at Blair Middle School. 4:00 pm. Rip it
Left to Rust performs live at Cova Brewing Company. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Frank Sinatra Cover at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Jim Newsom performs live at Waters Edge Winery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Dustin Furlow performs live at Elation Brewing. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Tides vs. Rochester Red Wings at Harbor Park. 6:35 pm. Rip it.
Virginia International Tattoo at Norfolk Scope. 7:30 pm. Rip it
Class with Kiera: Wines of Washington State at Vino Culture. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Spring New Moon Market at Selden Market. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Ghent Neighborhood League Light the Night Event. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Tote Paint Night at Aries Apothecary. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Romantic Meltdown at Ferguson Center for the Arts. 7:30 pm. Rip it
Lemon Pepper and Sazón Improv At Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Benny The Butcher performs live at The NorVA. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Va Stage Co presents Henry V at Wells Theater. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Friday Night Magic: Commander at Atlantis Games & Comics. 8:30 pm. Rip it
Glasgow Kiss performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Harold Night: Improv at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it
The Rocky Horror Picture Show! At Naro Cinema. 11:30 pm. Rip it

Weekend Long Run at Ocean View Run Club. 7:15 am. Rip it
Pickleball for the Kids at Norfolk Yacht Club. 8:30 am. Rip it.
East Beach Farmers Market. 9:00 am. Rip it
Send It Saturday Morning Group Ride at East Coast Bicycles. 8:00 am. Rip it
Sky’s The Limit hosts Yoga + Coffee at Coalescence. 9:00 am. Rip it
Volunteer Workday at Elmwood Cemetery. 9:00 am. Rip it
Northside Park MTB Trails Cleanup. 9:00 am. Rip it
Hot Girl Walk departing Stockley Gardens. 10:00 am. Rip it
Celebrate Trails Day at Elizabeth River Trail. 10:00 am. Rip it
Nauticus Earth Day Celebration at Nauticus. 10:00 am. Rip it
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Elation Brewing. 10:00 am. Rip it
Pop-Up Market at Hunt and Gather. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Spring Fling Car Show at IPConfigure. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Live Life Fresh Boom Box Bike Ride at Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it
70th Annual NATO Festival International Village at Town Point Park. 11:30 am. Rip it
Mastering Your Money Series: Strategies to Save at Tucker Memorial Library. 10:30 am. Rip it
Yoga for Athletes at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 10:45 am. Rip it
NoCo Spring Wine Fest at Hank’s Filling Station. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Gongstock 23′ at Benchtop Brewing Company. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Kids Bike Rodeo at P.B. Young Sr. Elementary. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Family Spring Market at Cova Brewing Company. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Sip n Shop Spring Market at O’Connor Brewing Co.. 12:00 pm. Rip it
VA International Tattoo American Pipe Band Championship. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Reaver NFK’s 2nd Anniversary Party. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Lochhaven Resilience Walking Tour at Larchmont Library. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Drag Bingo at MJ’s Tavern. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Bleu Monde’s Saturday Market at Elation. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it
ODUVSA Culture Show: Không Hành at University Theater. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Floriography the Victorian Language of Flowers at Hunter House Victorian Museum. 3:00 pm. Rip it
Crazy DJ Music Bingo at Hank’s Filling Station. 4:30 pm. Rip it.
Va Stage Co presents Henry V at Wells Theater. 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Reiki Level 1 Certification Class at Aries Apothecary. 5:00 pm. Rip it
Silent Disco Yoga at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 5:30 pm. Rip it
Norfolk Tides vs. Rochester Red Wings at Harbor Park. 5:35 pm. Rip it
The Storyweavers perform live at Makers Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Saturday Night Yugioh at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:30 pm. Rip it
The Brightsmiths perform live at Elation Brewing. 6:30 pm. Rip it
Swing Dancing at Coalescence Coffee Shop. 6:45 pm. Rip it.
Pears, Old Scars, ShotClock, Song Of Praise at Taphouse 7:00 pm. Rip it
RaJazz performs live at Boss Queens Soul Cafe. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Acid Dad, Wine Lips, Community Witch perform live at Smartmouth Beer. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Ella Mai performs live at The NorVA. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Virginia International Tattoo at Norfolk Scope. 7:30 pm. Rip it
Romantic Meltdown by the Va Symphony at Chrysler Hall. 7:30 pm. Rip it
Serious Black performs live at Cafe Stella. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Glasgow Kiss performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
For King and Country perform live at Chartway Arena. 9:00 pm. Rip it
3 on 3 Improv Tournament – The Championship at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

Hampton Roads Bookstore Crawl. 10:00 am. Rip it
Tidewater Hokies Alumni Beach Cleanup at Bold Mariner. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Slow-Mo Sunday Group Ride at Local Bike Shop NFK. 10:30 am. Rip it
GamerBus Sundays At Nauticus. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Privateer Press Game Night at Atlantis Games & Comics. 12:00 pm. Rip it
HASHi Chow Sunday at Benchtop Brewing Company. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Reaver NFK’s 2nd Anniversary – 90s Hangover Brunch. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Magic: The Gathering – Commander League at Atlantis Games & Comics. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Hashi Chow Popup at Benchtop Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Tides vs. Rochester Red Wings at Harbor Park. 1:05 pm. Rip it
Bark in the Park at Harbor Park. 1:05 pm. Rip it.
Peace & Pints: Bhav Brigade Yoga at Smartmouth Brewery. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Sunday Funday: Board Game Night at COVA. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Norfolk Weekly Pokemon League at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it
MTG Modern Sunday at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Kelly Vaughan performs live at Mona Lisas. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Va Stage Co presents Henry V at Wells Theater. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Art Rowe performs live at the Willoughby Fish House. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Virginia International Tattoo at Norfolk Scope. 2:30 pm. Rip it
Jokes & Yolks: Improv Comedy Brunch at 80\/20 Burger Bar. 1:30 pm. Rip it
Joe Goseman band performs live at Ocean View Fishing Pier. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Beltane Traditions at Aries Apothecary. 4:00 pm. Rip it
90’s Music Video Bingo at Reaver NFK!. 4:00 pm. Rip it
Traditional Folk Music Jam at The Muse Writers Center. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
NSU Concert Choir presents Carmina Burana. 4:00 pm. Rip it
LAVA Presents: Andy Shauf at University Theatre. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Revelations Celebration Community Workshop at Perry Pavilion. 5:30 pm. Rip it
A Victorian Cemetery Picnic (Yellow Fever Tour) at Cedar Grove Cemetery. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Black Flag performs live at The NorVA. 8:30 pm. Rip it


Grab a free taco every single day from Sanctuary when you’re a member of Citizen Club. Rip it.

Velvet Witch’s New Moon Market heads to Selden and Stock Pot has the snacks. Rip it.

Tinned fish but make it fancy at Crudo Nudo. Rip it.

Sagri-oo-la-la at Cafe Mudita. 
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Attention Millennials: Avo Toast at Hair of the Dog. 
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French bakery quiche magic at LaBrioche. 
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Their pizza is amazing, but have you tried the pastries at Chelsea Bakehouse? 
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Cotton candy meets frappe? Check it out at La Vie Cafe. 
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If you can’t make it to NY, make it to Yorgo’s. 
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There’s no wrong time for lobster and pasta at Leone’s. 
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Cinco de Mayo is coming next month, and Taco Tuesday is coming each week for the foreseeable future. Hit up these restaurants; they’re the … taco the town. Rip It.

Food Truck Sightings:
Deutscher Imbiss at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Cova. Rip it.
Hades Wood Fire Pizza at Reaver Beach Brewing Co. Rip it.
757 Laos Street at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner. 
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ThatzaWrap Food Truck at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
The American Taco at Cova. Rip it.
Flippin Hangry and Gocho Gourmet at Reaver. Rip it.
Hola Snacks VB at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner.  Rip it.

Edible Arts by Brandy Food Truck at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Big Belly Food Truck at Cova. Rip it.
Moontide Sundries at Reaver Beach Brewing. Rip it.
Hashi Chow at Benchtop Brewing Co. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner. Rip it.

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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.