This week in NFK: Carbon Markets, Consorts, Cyberattacks, CAN Foundation Show, Christmas Cheer, & more.

by | Dec 9, 2022

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Early voting for the special election in the 7th Senate District has begun. Aaron Rouase faces off against Kevin Adams. Rip it. 

A plan to redevelop an aging shopping center in Ocean View with a four-story apartment building and new shops is on hold after the developer reneged on including affordable housing units the day before a scheduled hearing. Rip it. 

Hearings on the future of Maury High School will take place throughout the month of December. Proposals to renovate or raze are on the table. Rip it. 

The New Virginia Majority was quoted nearly $500 for information on Norfolk Public School’s bus stops. Rip it. 

HRT is resuming free bus service on Naval Station Norfolk after a 15-year hiatus. Rip it. 

Senator Lousie Lucas, co-owner of local cannabis shops, voted with members of the Virginia Crime Commission to defeat efforts to codify DUI rules for those under the influence of THC. Rip it. 

Political leaders from across the region gathered to discuss ways to address violent crime in the region. Rip it.

The 2022 NATO Alliance Warfare Development Conference was held in Norfolk this week. Rip it. 

Emergency food banks are coming to the neighborhoods affected by the Family Dollar fire. Rip it. 

Hundreds of faith leaders are uniting to lobby for better handling of mental health crises by the criminal justice system. Rip it. 

Suicides more than doubled, and all deaths rose by more than 40% in Virginia jails last year. Rip it.

Virginia will receive $16 million from a national settlement with e-cig manufacturer Juul. Rip it.  

Virginia’s State Air Pollution Control Board officially began the process of withdrawing Virginia from a regional carbon market. Rip it. 


Now at the Hermitage Museum: More Than Shelter, a pop-up exhibit with MOCA. Rip it. 

The CAN Foundation has announced a three-month artist residency for developing artists of all disciplines. Rip it.

Now at Assembly: Asymmetry, a two-person exhibition curated by the CAN Foundation. Rip it.

The region is getting a new pride month event: the Virginia Queer Film Festival. Rip it. 

Leather craftsmanship is on full display with Werther Leather Goods in Selden Market. Rip it.

Susan Check’s Cuyahoga River comes to the Offsite Gallery starting this weekend. Rip it. 

The Norfolk Chamber Consort presents the Christmas Consort III this Sunday at Freemason Baptist Church. Rip it. 

The Mosaic Steel Orchestra, a community steel drum band, hosts a concert this Saturday. Rip it.

The Hurrah Players present the “Best Christmas Pageant Ever” next weekend. Rip it. 

Mutant Strain, Recoking Force Relief, Private Hell, and Snake Pit rock Norfolk Taphouse next week. Rip it. 

Currently on Display:
To See a World in a Grain of Sand at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Black Orpheus: Jacob Lawrence and the Mbari Club at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Motion / Emotion at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
Rhonda Holy Bear: Artist and Story-Keeper at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
ALLiGATER HELLHOUND at Gordon Art Galleries. Rip it.
Asymmetry at Assembly.  Rip it.
Cuyahoga River at Offsite Gallery. Rip it. 
Tedious Little Things at The Gallery at Elation. Rip it.


Gift Local! Here’s our guide on holiday markets in Norfolk this year. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

A cyberattack on Norfolk International Airport resulted in a loss of $389,000. Rip it. 

Norfolk Naval Shipyard completed a new $73.3 million, 157,000-square-foot training facility as part of a modernization effort. Rip it. 

Virginia has been approved for as much as $230.4 million in federal funds to accelerate startups, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced Tuesday. Rip it. 

NSU, UVA, and the Elizabeth River Project won a $5 million grant to continue their work on the unequal impacts of sea-level rise. Rip it. 

Virginia Tech is opening a regional seafood agriculture research facility that could boost the industry with innovation. Rip it. 

Breeze airlines is adding nonstop flights from ORF to LAX, Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Jacksonville. Rip it. 

Amazon has struck a partnership with ODU and NSU to offer degree and certificate programs to its employees. Rip it

Bryan Stephens, president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber was appointed to the Offshore Wind Development Authority. Rip it. 

The CEO of CHKD, Jim Dahling, announced his retirement. Amy Sampson was named as his successor. Rip it. 

SVT Robotics is partnering with Tecsys to develop integrated connections between industrial robotics and Tecys’ supply chain platform. Rip it.

Businesses in Military Circle Mall are finalizing their moves to new locations. Rip it. 

Volcano fans rejoice. The Ghent sushi spot has renewed its lease and is here to stay. Rip it.

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Reaver Beach is rocking the Very Merry Market for misfit toys, exiled elves, and renegade reindeer. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

All weekend you can check out the city’s finest gingerbread craftsmanship at the Hermitage Museum. Rip it. 

The bells will be ringing – in Huber Court this Saturday. Rip it. 

Get your gifts and your evergreens at the holiday market and plant swap at Selden Market this Saturday. Rip it.

The Miracle on Waterside Drive is vying to be the most cheerful place in the city for holiday celebrations. Rip it. 

Nothing says Christmas like hitting up the Christmas Carol at Wells Theater. Rip it. 

The Fuzz Band returns to the Smartmouth Warehouse on Dec 16th. Rip it.

Now through Christmas Eve, a huge model train exhibit in Selden Market. Rip it.
**Please note that listed times are start times; many events run several hours**


Norfolk Run Club Friday Meetup at Yorgo’s Bageldashery. 6:00 am. Rip it 
Yoga with Sky’s the Limit Yoga Co at Vessel Craft Coffee. 6:15 am. Rip it  
Birds in Winter Homeschool Day! at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 9:30 am. Rip it 
Snowman & Gingerbread Decoration at Park Place Branch Library. 11:00 am. Rip it
Opening Reception: Cuyahoga River at Offsite Gallery, MacArthur Center. 5:00 pm. Rip it
Talisman Making at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Holiday Artisan Market at Pendulum. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
DJ Chris G performs live at the Soulfood Lounge. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Conner Pittman performs live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Holiday Trivia Night at Vessel Craft Coffee. 6:00 pm. Rip it.  
Sammy Lee performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.

Friday Night Magic: Commander at Atlantis Games & Comics. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
Asymmetry Exhibition Opening Night at Assembly. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Glass Studio Holiday Sale at Chrysler Museum. 7:00 pm. Rip it.  
Home Alone screening at Naro Cinema. 7:00 pm. Rip it
TBMA Bluegrass Jam at Roosevelt Area Civic League. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
The Muse Neighborhood Jam at The Muse Writers Center. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
The Great Hermitage Holiday Party! at Hermitage Museum and Gardens. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
Holiday POPS with the Va Symphony at Chrysler Hall. 7:30 pm. Rip it
Toys 4 Tots Drag Show at The Wave. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
A Broadway Holiday at Little Theatre of Norfolk. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Tales from the Campfire at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
Donal O’Shaughnessy performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Joe Gosman Duo performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it. Teacher’s Pet – Improv Comedy Show at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it


Weekend Long Run at Ocean View Run Club. 7:15 am. Rip it 
Send It Saturday Morning Group Ride at East Coast Bicycles. 8:00 am. Rip it
Yoga + Coffee at Coalescence. 9:00 am. Rip it 
Saturday Yoga at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 9:30 am. Rip it
Glass Studio Holiday Sale at Chrysler Museum. 10:00 am. Rip it.  
Baby Goat and Santa Photos at Cova Brewing. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
BigForestFire performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Second Saturdays | Monologues, Cold Reads, And Sides: Oh, My! With Bethany Mayo at Virginia Stage Company. 10:00 am. Rip it 
COVA Winter Market 2022 at Cova Brewing. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Holiday Handbell Concert at Chrysler Museum. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Live Life Fresh Boom Box Bike Ride at Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it.
Evergreen Exchange Holiday Market & Mini Plant Swap at Selden Market. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Yoga For Athletes at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 11:00 am. Rip it 
Holiday Vendor Market at d’Art Center. 11:00 am. Rip it 
Flames of War Toys for Tots Tank Battle Charity Event at Atlantis Games & Comics. 11:00 am. Rip it 
Makerspace Cadets 102: MakeyMakey. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Artist Alley 757 Popup at Cafe Mudita. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
NEON Holiday Market at The Plot. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
A Very Merry Market at Reaver NFK!. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
12 Bars of Christmas Bar Crawl at Waterside District. 12:00 pm. Rip it.  
Holiday Hustle Market at O’Connor Brewing Co. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Holiday Crafts @ Jordan-Newby. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Holiday K-Pop-Up! at Slover Library. 1:00 pm. Rip it
The Muppet Christmas Carol at Naro Cinema. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Let’s Talk: A Mother and Daughter Tea feat. Author Ruth O’Bryant at Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch Library at Broad Creek. 1:30 pm. Rip it
Krampusnacht at Smartmouth Beer. 2:00 pm. Rip it
Watch Party at Waterside! Army vs. Navy Football. 3:00 pm. Rip it
Army vs Navy Battle on the Gridiron at Cogans Pizza North. 3:00 pm. Rip it
Mosiac Steel Drum Band Concert at Second Calvary Baptist Church. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
James Ford performs live at Cova Brewing. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Saturday Night Yugioh at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:30 pm. Rip it. 
Taught by Tawana: Wines of Southern Rhône at Vino Culture. 5:30 pm. Rip it.
6th Annual Santa Bike Party at Freshtopia VA. 5:45 pm. Rip it. 
Sail Nauticus Academy Lighted Boat Parade. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Jacob Vanko performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Zen Mojo performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Admirals v Adirondack Thunder at SevenVenues. 6:05 pm. Rip it. 
The Friendsmas Gathering at Baxter’s Sports Bar. 6:30 pm. Rip it. 
TrapxCanvas at Spring Hill Suites. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Silversun Pickups at The NorVA. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
The Unusual Suspects: An Improvised Murder Mystery at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
Home Alone at Naro Cinema. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Donal O’Shaughnessy performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Tinsel Town: A Holiday Burlesque Revue at the Venue on 35th. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Kinky Klaus Toy Drive at MJ’s Tavern. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
Karaoke at Cogan’s Ghent. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
OK performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
Second Saturday Stand-Up at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it. 

Holiday Nature Ornaments at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Glass Studio Holiday Sale at Chrysler Museum. 10:00 am. Rip it.  
Slow-Mo Sunday Group Ride at Local Bike Shop NFK. 10:30 am. Rip it 
Dustin Furlow performs live at Grain. 11:00 pm. Rip it 
Santa Paws & Samichlaus at Hank’s Filling Station. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Artist Alley 757 Popup at Cafe Mudita. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Pokémon TCG: Weekly Casual Play at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Sky’s the Limit. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
MTG Modern Sunday at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Holiday Wreath Workshop with So Many Flowers at Selden Market. 1:00 pm. Rip it.  
Warmachine Mk4 Steamroller Tournament at Atlantis Games & Comics. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
Pokemon Open Play at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
The Muppet Christmas Carol at Naro Cinema. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Santa Paws Pet Photos at MJ’s Tavern. 2:00 pm. Rip it. 
Yoga With Trainees at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 2:00 pm. Rip it 
Afro-Fusion Masterclass with Joy Gibbs at TRDance Center. 2:00 pm. Rip it 
Music Bingo at Reaver Beach NFK. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Admirals v Adirondack Thunder at SevenVenues. 3:05 pm. Rip it 
A TRADOC Holiday at Attucks Theatre. 4:00 pm. Rip it. 
Myths & Legends: Krampus vs. Santa at Aries Apothecary. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
The Ugly Sweater Cooking Party at My Commissary Kitchen. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Dan Rosnato performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Chamber Consort’s Christmast Consort III at Freemason Baptist. 7:30 pm. Rip it.

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


Grab this Tsolikouri with smoked honey & kiwi vibes from Eleanor’s Bottle Shop when you shop for your book-worm friends. Rip it. 

The Miracle on Waterside popup bar is the immersive Christmas experience you need this season. Rip it. 
Moontide Sundries is bringing its skills to the classic chicken sandwich. Rip it. 

Get in the holiday spirit while you shop with a Spiked Eggnog Blondie Smores in honor of the Griswolds from Smore’s Amore. Rip it. 

The gingerbread macaroons with the Santa outfit might just be the cutest holiday sweet in town. Rip it. 

SITW now has a dedicated seafood burger courtesy of Our People’s Soulful Seafood. Rip it.

Norfolk Coffee and Tea has a hot cocoa mix ready to stuff all the stockings. Rip it.

The surprisingly good lunch move: Stony’s Dockside Meatloaf Burger. Rip it. 

Bananas’ Foster Craft Latte is a Kobro’s specialty you won’t want to miss. Rip it.

12 Nights of Old Fashioneds lands at Toast, with a new OF added each day through Dec 23rd. Rip it. 

Everyone needs a Lil grinch in their life – especially when its a sunflower basil pesto grilled cheese. Rip it.

Get your gloves up, it’s time to take on the Rocky Balboa from Benny’s Pizza. Rip it.

Chelsea Bakehouse Pizza is now delivering to Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
757 Laos Street Food at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Get Stuffed at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Deutscher Imbiss at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.
Flipping Hangry at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.

Courtney’s Kitchen & Sour Street Pizza at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Sweet Daddy’s BBQ at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Cups UP and Flippin Hangry at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.

Sour Street Pizza at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Bumbling Bee Vegan at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewing. 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.