This week in NFK: Brownfields, Grains of Sand, Comedy, AI, Ground Cherries, Reptile Tile, Economic Development, and more

by | Aug 12, 2022

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A Department of Housing and Community Development report identified 8 barriers to fair housing that are maintaining patterns of segregation dating to the 1930s. Rip it.

Two Norfolk police officers say that former Chief Boone was asked to retire for his refusal to fire two Assistant Chiefs based on survey results. Rip it.

The City is working to secure EPA brownfield funds to redevelop a former steel manufacturing plant near Booker T. Washington High School. Rip it.

Norfolk’s Police Department plans to hire retired police officers to address staffing shortages. Rip it.

Jared Chalk, the director of Norfolk Economic Development said that assistance will be provided to some businesses being evicted from Military Circle Mall. Rip it.

Business owners and activists have mixed feelings about City officials’ intent to hold owners responsible for events occurring outside their establishment. Rip it.

Teachers say a new tax break would result in only $30 savings to support the purchase of classroom materials. Rip it.

Downtown Norfolk Council shifts its executive team as it puts more focus on issues related to nightlife. Rip it.

Comedian Jay Pharoah donated his Celebrity Family Feudwinnings to CHKD. Rip it.

The Zoo is adding a dedicated habitat for shelled friends called the Turtle Oasis. Rip it.  

Norfolk’s Fleet Park Little League Senior Team, which won the national championship, fell to Puerto Rico in the World Series on Saturday. Rip it.

ODU Football will look a litter different this year with the addition of alcohol sales, cupholders, and premium seats with access to a buffet. Rip it.

Norfolk Tides player Gunnar Henderson was featured on the cover of Baseball America. Rip it.

The Berkely Timberwolves are learning football and life lessons side by side. 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.

New to the Chrysler Museum: “To See a World in a Grain of Sand.” 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.

Khi the Infinite reminds us to keep our heads up going into the weekend. 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.

Nado is bringing an RNB Block Party to Norfolk Scope Plaza for Labor Day Weekend. 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.



Applications are open for 757 Startup Studios, which provide up to 6 months of free tenancy at Assembly. Rip it.

Shared solar, where multiple houses connect to a single solar array, is on its way to Virginia. Rip it.

You can watch construction at two Norfolk development sites with these live stream cameras. Rip it.

The NEON House celebrated its grand opening over two years after officially opening due to the pandemic’s effects on the wedding and events industry. Rip it.

Chelsea Bakehouse opens its third location and second brewery partnership with a grand opening at Smartmouth Pilot House this weekend. Rip it.

Breeze Airways has added direct flights to Nashville from ORF. Rip it.

Jared Chalk, the director of Norfolk Economic Development is stepping down from his role to join the Hampton Roads Alliance. Rip it.

Customs officials at the Port of Virginia continue to seize counterfeit goods, including over $4 million in diabetic socks. Rip it.

ODU is looking for ways to partner with NASA Wallops Island as the space industry on the eastern shore explodes. Rip it.

Virginia Tourism Corporation grants are available for a wide range of businesses serving tourists in the area. Rip it.

Real estate inventory is improving slightly, returning to levels seen in September 2021. Rip it.

Next week learn about doing business in Canada with this workshop at Assembly. Rip it.

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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. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

Gone, Keep, and Community Witch take on Norfolk Taphouse Monday night. 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.
Yoga + Coffee with Sky’s the Limit at Vessel Coffee. 7:30 am. Rip it.
Friday Happy Hour Wine Tasting with Vino Culture. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Multifarious Exhibition Reception at d’Art Center. 5:30 pm. Rip it.
Unite Slover – Celebrate Pride & Diversity Night. 5:30 pm. Rip it.
U-Nite: Summer Movie Series (Artificial Intelligence: AI, 2001). 5:30 pm. Rip it.
Mike Gombas performs live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Beth Turner performs live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
TumbaoSalsero performs live at TGOV. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Fox and the Bear perform live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Allegra Duchaine performs live at Elation Brewing. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
NEON Art Tour with Norfolk Tour Co. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Battle of the Vibes Silent Party at Culture Lounge. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Panties In A Twist: The All Female Sketch Comedy Show at the Norva. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
PIPPIN performed live at Little Theater of Norfolk. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
I Love Bachata Dance Class and Social at Mambo Room. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Corn Moon Esbat at Mystic Moon Norfolk. 8:15 pm. Rip it.
Late Night Ladies’ Ride departing Smartmouth Brewing. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
OK performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
DJ Canrock performs live at Thank You Thank You Bar. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Friday Night DRAG Party at The Wave. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Naro Cinema. 11:30 pm. Rip it.

Send It! Road Ride with East Coast Cycles. 8:00 am. Rip it.
Big Blue 5K departing Ballard Stadium. 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.
Yoga + Coffee with Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co at Coalescence. 9:00 am. Rip it.
MTG Regional Championship Qualifier at Atlantis Comics and Games. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Elation Brewing. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Creative Writing INDOC at Muse Writers Center. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Christmas in August at Chrysler Glass Studio. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Local Author Fair at Slover Library. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Live Life Fresh Boombox Ride with Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it.
Barre & Brew: Pure Barre Popup at Reaver Beach Brewing. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Vessel Grand Opening with music by Allegra DuChaine. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Mimosas & Heels Drag Brunch at Public House. 11:00 am. Rip it.
BigForestFire performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Breathwork Workshop at Harmony Health. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
7 Cities Sharks Rap Battle League at the Broadway. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
K Pop PopUp at Slover Library. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Laugh It Up! A Comedy Cabaret at Kroc Center Hampton Roads. 1:30 pm. Rip it.
Commedia Rapunzel Dress Rehearsal at Little Theater of Norfolk. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Summer Vintage Market at Reaver Beach Brewing. 2:00 pm. Rip it.  
SKST Radio Network and Podcast Studio Grand Opening. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Music Match Bingo at Hank’s Filling Station. 4:30 pm. Rip it.
Blindfolded Yoga at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
My Life Matters Musical at Goode Theater. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Haunted Norfolk Tour departing Brick Anchor Brew House. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Seamless Duo performs live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Art Rowe performs live at Sunset Grill. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Allegra DuChaine performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Art Talk featuring abstract expressionist Mia Guile at Gallery 21. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Jason Hibler performs live at Elation Brewing. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Rusty Ancel performs live at Willoughby by the Bay. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Standup Paddle Board Yoga at 1st View Beach. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Daniel Champagne & Catherine Britt perform live at Crossroads Center Theater. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
The Ries Brothers and Drifting Roots perform live at Chicho’s Backstage. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
TRDance Summer Ensemble Concerts at Todd Rosenlieb Dance. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Panties In A Twist: The All Female Sketch Comedy Show at the Norva. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Donal O’Shaughnessy performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Ambrosia: A Burlesque Feast for the Gods at The Venue on 35th. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
DJ Canrock performs live at Thank You Thank You Bar. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Late Night Karaoke at Cogan’s Ghent. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Milk Crate Mafia performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
DMV Linkup Featuring Ricky Platinum at The Ultra Lounge. 9:00 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. Rip it.
Rob White performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Bhav Brigade performs live at Sky’s the Limit. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Nate Sacks performs live at Hank’s Filling Station. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Musical Improv 101 at Push Comedy Theater. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Panties in a Twist Hangover Brunch at Reaver Beach. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Pokémon TCG: Casual Play at Atlantis Comics and Games. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Jewelry Expo at Selden Market. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
The Black Up 4 at 3900 Colley Ave. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Joe Heilman performs live at Ocean View Fishing Pier. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Infusing Herbs Workshop at Aries Apothecary. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Traditional Irish Session at Grace O’Malley’s. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
UVIR Photography Group Meetup. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Gladys Knight performs live at Chrysler Hall. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
TopHat Orchestra performs live at Big Bands on the Bay at OV Beach Park. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Dan Rosnato performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Get a daily rundown of events on our Daily Instagram Story.


May’s Parlor brings their cheerful croissants and tasty goods to Norfolk. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

Don’t sleep on the baked goods at the Jessy’s bodega. Rip it.

Deep-fried Elote is breaking taste buds down at RedWood Smoke Shack. Rip it.

Ground cherries from the garden are available at Grandiflora and are much tastier than the dirt they get their name from. Rip it.

Vessel Craft Coffee hosts its grand opening this weekend and is adding beer and wine to the menu as well. Rip it.

This tasty treat from Moontide Sundries will have you saying “that’s my jam.” Rip it.

When the french bakers start breaking out blow torches, you know it’s time to stop by. Rip it.

Omar’s Carriage House is back with another wine dinner on August 25th. Rip it.

Keep your eye out for these protein-packed cookies by Juggernaut Cookies at local retail shops and restaurants. Rip it.

Follow the light to Torch, where you can get truffle cheese on your fries. Rip it.

New menu items just dropped at Streats. Rip it.

There’s never a bad time for scallops and when Legrand makes them, you better not miss. Rip it.

Iced horchata lattes at Equinox will cool you off right. Rip it.

Klassic Donuts is getting in on the seasonal peach craze. Rip it.

The only thing better than margaritas are margarita flights. Now landing at Soiree. Rip it.
Food Truck Sightings:
Southern Provisions at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
757 Laos Street Food at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Hades Wood Fired Pizza at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.
A Bite of Maine at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.

Bussdown Boils at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Get Stuffed and Southern Provisions at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Gavin Dishes at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Jay Doggs at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.

Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Bumbling Bee at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Hades Wood Fired Pizza at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Capt’n Crabby and PKS Treats at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. 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.