This Week in NFK: Christmas, CAN Fest, Comedy, Kickback, Court Cases, Kayaks, and Currents Merch Pop-up.

by | Jul 21, 2023

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Norfolk is considering the future of the former Lambert’s Point Golf Course, which includes acres of greenspace and wildlife habitat. (NFK Currents Original Video) Rip it. 

Norfolk Economic Development is negotiating to buy the Dillards attached to MacArthur Mall. Rip it. 

Norfolk Police’s “Flock” cameras, which report license plates and other information, have already led to 21 arrests and 17 recovered vehicles. Rip it. 

Recent studies of Norfolk’s schools suggest that it’s spending about $15 million a year on 14 schools that are not needed due to declining enrollment. Rip it. 

The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) landed a $6.4 million grant to bridge the minority homeownership gap in the city. Rip it. 

HRT is considering moving low-density transportation routes to an on-demand rideshare program. Rip it. 

Complaints are pouring in about a $30 million grant program that seeks to help Virginia students catch up after pandemic learning loss. Rip it. 

Military bases across the region joined the Virginia Security Corridor in order to fight the threat of sea level rise. Rip it. 

Norfolk’s Federal Court oversees Titanic-related cases and is starting to see action related to the OceanGate submarine incident. Rip it. 

Norfolk International Airport is getting $13.6 million in federal funds for runway rehabilitation. Rip it. 

An all-girls flag football league is taking the region by storm, with its first game going down later this month. Rip it.  

The Tides will be hosting the 2023 league playoffs; tickets are on sale now. Rip it. 


Norfolk rapper Tyler Donavan has been making music for a decade and is preparing for his biggest release yet. (NFK Currents Original Video) Rip it. 

The Lazy Dangers, a ragtag Americana band, is headlining NFK Day at Smartmouth on Saturday ahead of an EP release. (NFK Currents Original Video) Rip it. 

CAN Fest is back at Assembly this month. Rip it.

The music and vendor lineup for The Norfolk Latino Music and Food Fest just dropped. Rip it.

Kinship NFK is back next month for a music and arts manifest. Rip it.

Commonwealth Comedy hosts a Saturday Night Live-inspired comedy night at Generic Theater this Saturday. Rip it. 

Dogstar, featuring Keanu Reeves, announced a concert at the Norva in December. Rip it. 

Not For The Weak Records is celebrating its grand opening with a punk flea market. Rip it.  

Currently on Display:
Barbara Earl Thomas: The Illuminated Body at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Spring 2023 Glass Studio Assistantship Exhibition at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Heather Beardsley: Strange Plants at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Perspectives: Modern and Contemporary Glass from the Waitzer Collection at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
The Great Exhibition: Bébés at the Barry at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
M/NYC: Rough Draft, a solo exhibition by Thomas O’Casey at Assembly Gallery. Rip it.
“Missing the Mark” by John Runner at Offsite Gallery. Rip it.
Portrayed III at d’Art Center. Rip it. 
Shapes Everywhere at Commune. Rip it.
Dustin Furlow Photography at The Gallery At ElationRip it. 
Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality at Slover Library. Rip it.


Don’t miss the Norfolk Currents pop-up shop at NFK DAY on July 22nd at Smartmouth. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

Sway Creative Labs, based in downtown Norfolk, was named the lead ad agency for the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Rip it. 

Norfolk Innovation Corridor is bringing back the Norfolk Kickback after the inaugural event had a huge turnout of innovators and creatives. Rip it. 

Applications are open for new retailers in Selden Market, downtown’s premiere small business shopping destination. Rip it. 

Dillards at MacArthur Center is officially closed despite news that it would be moving to a clearance model. Rip it. 

Check out these shots of the offshore wind turbines that are part of a pilot program for wind energy. Rip it. 

Norfolk lags behind other Virginia cities in new business applications in 2022. Rip it. 

HRT’s Elizabeth River Ferry celebrates 40 years in service. Rip it. 

Mermaid Winery has officially opened at its new location in Downtown Norfolk. Rip it. 

757 Accelerate announced the acceptance of seven companies into its sixth cohort. Rip it. 

Norfolk Naval Shipyard is forging special tools for local Navy firefighters. Rip it. 

Breeze Airways is adding direct flights to Fort Meyers from Norfolk International. Rip it. 

Norfolk Public Schools is offering a $250 bonus to new bus drivers. Rip it.

757 Startup Studios and Assembly are hosting a hackathon-style event called 757 Build Weekend Beta on August 4 -6. Rip it. 

ODU received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to boost efforts to address the underrepresentation of women in STEM positions. Rip it. 

The median sales price of a home in the region rose 335K to 345K from May to June. Rip it. 

Virginia ranked second in the country for being a Top State for Business in 2023. Rip it. 

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Breaking the Summer Doldrums: Christmas in July Returns to Reaver Beach on Saturday. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it.

Norfolk Currents and Smartmouth are back with another NFK DAY. Celebrate the city and hang with your faves. Rip it.

Sunset tours from a boat? You’re missing out if you don’t paddle out with Norfolk Kayak Rentals. (NFK Currents Original Video)
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Cova Brewing is going country with line dancing and more. Rip it.


Festevent’s Latino Festival, with food and music, takes over Town Point Park this weekend. Rip it. 

Run Club Friday Meetup at Yorgo’s Bageldashery. 6:00 am. Rip it 
Beginner Dungeons & Dragons for Young Adults at Lafayette Branch Library. 2:30 pm. Rip it 
Ghent Farmers Market at Blair Middle School. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Painting with Goats at Cova Brewing Company. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
Karaoke Night at Cafe Mudita. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
After Effect performs live at Afterglow Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Frank Sings Frank Sinatra at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Soft Plan performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Wire Wrapping Basics: Moon Pendant Making at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
Summer Specialty Beer Dinners at Grain. 6:30 pm. Rip it
Jessie Marie performs live at Elation Brewing. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Wines of the Alps with Ryn at Vino Culture. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
Third Friday Clay Throwdown at d’Art Center. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
Harpy Daniel’s Farewell Tour at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Salsa + Bachata Workshop Series at Todd Rosenlieb Dance Center. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
What Character Am I? at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
Pat Garvey performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Women’s World Cup Watch Party at Reaver NFK. 9:00 pm. Rip it 
Harold Night Improv at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
Naro Night Owls presents The Terminator (1984) at Naro Cinema. 11:00 pm. Rip it 

Yoga at Vessel Craft Coffee. 7:00 am. Rip it 
Weekend Long Run with OV Run Club. 7:15 am. Rip it 
Send It Saturday Morning Group Ride at East Coast Bicycles. 8:00 am. Rip it 
Baby Goat Yoga at Waterside District. 10:00 am. Rip it  
Didgeridoo Down Under Show at Slover Library. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Live Life Fresh Boom Box Bike Ride at Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it 
Toddler Yoga at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 10:45 am. Rip it
Beat the Heat Pop-Up Event at Aries Apothecary. 11:00 am. Rip it 
Basic Pajama Pants with Mel at 757 Creative ReUse Center. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
Crafted Summer Pop-Up Market at Coalescence Coffee Norfolk. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
Siren City Studios Grand Opening. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Home Wine Making Class at Wine & Cake Hobbies. 12:30 pm. Rip it.
Bleu’s T-Shirt Printing Workshop at Selden Market. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
NFK DAY at Smartmouth Brewing. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Urban Design: A Downtown Norfolk Walking Tour at Slover Library. 2:00 pm. Rip it 
Latino Music & Food Festival at Town Point Park. 2:00 pm. Rip it 
Home Beer Making Class at Wine & Cake Hobbies. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
2nd Annual Christmas in July Night Market at Reaver NFK. 5:00 pm. Rip it 
ERT 101 Group Ride at Jeff Robertson Park. 5:00 pm. Rip it 
Beat the Heat Paint Night at Aries Apothecary. 7:30 pm. Rip it 
Steel Panther performs live at The NorVA. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
Live From Norfolk: A Commonwealth Comedy Variety Show at Generic Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
Pushing Dragons: An Improvised Dungeons and Dragons Adventure at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
Pat Garvey performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.

EV Meetup at Electrified Marina. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Slow-Mo Sunday Group Ride at Local Bike Shop NFK. 10:30 am. Rip it 
Peace & Pints: Bhav Brigade Yoga at Smartmouth Brewery. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Six Shades of Sauvignon Blanc with Akeyla at Vino Culture. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Norfolk Weekly Pokemon League at Atlantis Comics and Games. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
World Street Soccer Pickup at The Veil. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
200HR Yoga Teacher Training at
Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 2:00 pm. Rip it 
Art Rowe performs live at The Willoughby Fish House. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Jan & Zane perform live at Mona Lisa’s. 2:00 pm. Rip it. 
Music Bingo at Reaver Beach NFK. 4:00 pm. Rip it 
Lughnasadh Traditions at Aries Apothecary. 4:00 pm. Rip it 
Hampton Roads 48-Hour Film Project Auditions at Little Theater of Norfolk. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Concert in the Park at Town Point Park. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
Art Rowe performs live at Afterglow Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Brent Hall performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Sunday Night Sound Bath at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
Paul Oakenfold performs live at The NorVA. 7:30 pm. Rip it 



Kobro’s Coffee is pioneering craft coffee down on 21st Street. (NFK Currents Orginal Video). Rip it. 

Norfolk snap dogs are the legendary local-only hot dog tradition that you can catch this weekend. (NFK Currents Orginal Video). Rip it.  

Classic biscuits and gravy, done handsomely. Rip it. 

Hand-folded apple Danish? Fresh out of the oven at Starving Artist Cafe. Rip it.

This week Commune has Oyster Mushroom Po Boy and Chicken & Waffles on their special menu for $15 WITH a drink. 
Rip it.

Sarah’s Wedding Cake is the newest flavor at Lolly’s, but you do have to carry it through the hearth. Rip it.

You’ve got to see this delicious coffee “flight” inspired by Little Debbie at Hair of the Dog. Rip it.

Streats has shrimp scampi served over linguine, and it’s only here for a good time, not a long time. Take a look!  Rip it.

Yeah, that’s real rosemary in the olive oil at Orapax. Rip it.

Your rum runners are now frozen at Ocean View Fishing Pier. Rip it.

The team at Press 626 is making their own blueberry jam. Rip it.

Never stop rocking with Sanctuary’s tacos, bar, and art. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Shawna’s at Maker’s Craft. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen, Krazy Trompos, & Bit of Maine at Cova. Rip it.
Tone Bonez BBQ at Reaver Beach. Rip it.
Revery at Benchtop. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.
lil’za Pizzaria at The Veil. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner. Rip it.

Gavins at Maker’s Craft. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen & Sour Street Pizza at Cova. Rip it.
Krazy Trompos & Flippin Hangry at Reaver Beach. Rip it.
757 Laos Street at Benchtop. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.
lil’za Pizzaria at The Veil. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner.  Rip it.

Munchies at Maker’s Craft. Rip it.
Moontide Sundries at Cova. Rip it.
Tone Bonez BBQ at Reaver Beach. Rip it.
Hashi Chow at Benchtop. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Rip it.
lil’za Pizzaria at The Veil. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner. Rip it.

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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.