This week in NFK: Census Data, Nigh Vespers 2, Catfish Po’Boys, Drone Ships in Willoughby, & more.

by | Aug 20, 2021


Happy Birthday to the Tide, celebrating 10 years this week. Rip it. 

Catch the August 24th City Council meeting here. Rip it. 

Check out these visualizations on the change in population across Virginia based on census data released this week. Rip it.

You can leave your input on the Military Circle proposals here. Rip it. 

Music venues and concert organizers are starting to require proof-of-vaccine and negative covid tests in Norfolk. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

Hurricane prep and storm sheltering looks different during Covid. Here’s what you need to know. Rip it. 

The Commonwealth of Virginia is working to provide digital proof of their vaccine status. Rip it. 

Despite eviction bans, some local families are still facing eviction with devastating outcomes. Rip it. 

Former Norfolk State star Alsander Womack signed on to play with the White Sox this week. Rip it. 

Norfolk welcomes back silver medal winner Kreyshawn Davis with a parade this weekend. Rip it. 

Preview the Norfolk Tides 2022 schedule, release this week. Rip it. 

Public Housing applications are opening for the Ashton Apartments this week. Rip it. 

The City is still seeking input on the Granby Street Bike Lane Project. Rip it. 

Norfolk is slated to get some electric or propane school buses under a $10.5 million state initiative. Rip it. 

City Manager Chip Filer is requiring all City employees to provide proof of vaccination or a valid reason for not receiving one. Rip it. 

Football has proved to be a life-saving outlet for kids in Berkley. Rip it. 

The Virginia Redistricting Commission has decided to allow the use of political data and not accept the help of universities. Rip it. 

A group of citizens looking to get money out of Virginia politics has released a new report urging changes. Rip it. 

City Council will vote on whether to permit high-speed pursuits of stolen vehicles this week. Rip it. 

Norfolk Resident Colin Lowther will be attempting a 132 mile run in honor of the 132 lives lost to suicide every day. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 


The Return LAVA MiniFest: The Jams Strike Back. Catch the full lineup of 10+ acts that will be at Toast on September 10th. The event is likely to sell out, get early bird tickets now. Rip it. 

Waxing Poetics “Sugardaddy” video is a Norfolk 1991 flashback. Rip it. 

Norfolk resident Frank Hundall has published a book recounting his childhood in West Virginia coal mine towns. Rip it. 

NFK Night Vespers is back at Nomads with an even better lineup than the first time. Rip it.

Opening next week at Offsite Gallery: Racial Inequality by Theresa A. Brown. Rip it.

Coming soon to Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries at ODU: Matt Seso’s “Life and Limb.” Rip it. 

Don’t miss No BS Brass Band at the Virginia Zoo next Friday. Rip it. 

ELD Fest: A Hip Hop Carnival returns to Maker’s Craft Brewery on Sept 19th with Al Doms, Young Crazy, and Babyface Ray. Rip it. 

This week at the Norva, All Time Low brings a dose of nostalgia to the stage. Rip it.

This weekend at the Naro. The Green Knight and Respect. Rip it. 

Who doesn’t love a good beer haiku? Rip it. 

Looking for the right rec league team? Stonewall Sports has a free agent social this week. Rip it.

Currently on Display:

Going Places at Nauticus. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it. 

Washed Ashore at Norfolk Botanical Garden (NFK Currents Original). Rip it.  

Work In Progress at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it. 

Alma Thomas teaches us that everything is beautiful at Chrysler Museum. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it. 

Homegrown at CommuneXCrop in the NEON District. Rip it.

Augmented Reality: Art in the Wild! at Barry Art Museum. Rip it. 

Soundwalk by Ellen Reid on the Elizabeth River Trail. Rip it.


The return of First Fridays in Downtown Norfolk has been a big boost for local businesses. Rip it.

S.L. Nusbaum, a local business of over 100 years, is recognized as one of the top workplaces in the region. Rip it. 

Willoughby Spit could be a regional launch spot for drone ships and drive economic development. Rip it. 

East Beach is set to get a new cafe and hot yoga studio. Rip it. 

Norfolk Southern has committed to a 42% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2034. Rip it. 

Housing inventory has grown for the fifth straight month in Virginia, pointing to a hot market cooling off. Rip it.

Norfolk International Airport reported a 164.7% increase in passenger activity compared to this time last year, signaling a significant rebound from covid slowdowns. Rip it. 

Regional Economic Stats. Port Stats. Labor Stats.

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**Please note that listed times are start times, many events run several hours**
All Weekend:
Norfolk Jazz Festival at Town Point Park. Rip it.
Norfolk Playwrights Collective – Staged Readings at Little Theater of Norfolk. Rip it.

Norfolk Run Club Meetup at Yorgo’s Bageldashery. 6:00 am. Rip it.
Ghent Farmer’s Market at Blair Middle School. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Late til 8 Night at Virginia Zoo. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Aloha Friday Mini Craft Market at Cova Brewing. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Jean Outland Used Book Sale at Chrysler Museum. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Troy Breslow performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Vince Kornegay performs live at Cova Brewing Co. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Tumbao Salsero Orchestra at TGOV at Ocean View Beach Park. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Black Art Reframed at NSU. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Fox and The Bear perform live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
History Meets Real Estate Tour with Norfolk Tour Co & Crystal Salazar. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Dan Pellegrino performs live at Elation Brewing. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
SeamLess Duo performs live at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Family Twilight Trek at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
The Jam with Lemon Pepper and Sazon at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Late Night Ladies Ride departing from Smartmouth. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Charlton Phaneuf Duo performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
PLATFORM’D Sketch Show at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

Saturday Morning Adventure Ride with Local Bike Shop. 8:00 am. Rip it.
Lengthen and Strengthen with Movement is Medicine at Cova Brewing Co. 8:30 am. Rip it.
Prescribe-A-Trail Health Walk with EVMS at Plum Point Park. 9:00 am. Rip it.
East Beach Farmers Market at Shore Drive. 9:00 am. Rip it.
COVA Moves: Goat Yoga at Cova Brewing. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Virginia Children’s Choir Auditions. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Mobile Pantry Food Distribution at The Banks of Berkley. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Adopt a Spot Community Beautification at 33rd & Colonial. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Bike and Brunch at Starving Artist Cafe. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Saturday Morning Yoga at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Welcome Home Parade for Keyshawn Davis at Norfolk Scope. 10:30 am. Rip it.
Manifestation Market with Zions Kreations in MacArthur Center. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Free Zine making workshop at 757 Creative Reuse Center. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Community Gentle Yoga at OV Beach Park. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Jake Blount Band and MSG Acoustic Blues at ODU Goode Theater. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
UGA Young Alumni Night at Tap It Local. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
David Jones performs live at Cova Brewing Co. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Neptune Groove performs live at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Leonard Rex performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Nerdvana presents Capes and Comedy at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Harold Night Improv Show at Push Comedy Theather. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
XL Party with DJ Sugarbearz & Nado at Chichos Backstage. 10:00 pm. Rip it.


Sunday Dogs Days at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Dustin Furlow performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Peace & Pints with Bhav Brigade at Smartmouth. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Ice Cream Sundays with Lolly’s Creamery at Smartmouth Brewing. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
A Circus Show Tea To-Go at Hunter House Victorian Museum. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Adam Hawley performs live at Brothers Norfolk. 3:30 pm & 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Brett Williams performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Lomo Pizzeria popup at Cafe Blanca. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Glen Boswick & The Sounds Of Swing at OV Beach Park. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Animal Haus performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it.

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


Sanctuary DMZ is one step closer to opening with its new sign. Rip it. 

Benchtop’s latest brew is the Gose Jam Pact with raspberry, blueberry, and mango. Rip it.

The Ten Top has a limited supply of a panko catfish po’boy with red pepper remoulade, avocado, & slaw. Rip it.

Kobro’s cranks up a brown sugar nectarine craft latte this week. Rip it. 

Grab a blackberry kiwi club mate for the beachside at Cafe Mudita. Rip it.

Triple sliders for $10 bucks at Crudo Nudo is an absolute steal. Rip it. 

Chorizo’s pina colada margarita is ready to rock your happy hour. Rip it. 

Intergalactic Crowdsource Hazy IPA is back at Cova Brewing. Rip it. 

The Poured Not Shaken Gose at Smartmouth is the refreshing summer lime beer you need in your life. Featuring can design by Andy Harris and Jordon Trotter. Rip it. 

Food Truck Sightings:
DC Smoothies at Cova Brewing. Rip it. 
Avocargo at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it. 
Hadassah’s Grill at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it. 
Ghost Kitchen & A Bite of Maine at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 

Deutscher Imbiss at Cova Brewing. Rip it. 
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 
Luva Bowls at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
Miki’s Doghouse at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it. 
Gavin Dishes at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it. 

Lumpia King at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
Hangry’s at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
TFK Taco Bar at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it. 
Lolly’s Ice Cream and Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Hadassah’s Grill at Reaver Beach NFK. 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. Go Hokies!

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