This week in NFK: City Actions on Nightlife, Artificial Reefs, Rooftop Jams, CAN Fest, Squid Ink, and more.

by | Sep 9, 2022

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City Council is expected to take a vote on a big change to the rules around nightlife establishments in an unusual joint meeting with City Planning Commission. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

“Flood Stage” high tides are expected to continue through Friday. Rip it. 

Two organizers and two local ministers are asking the City Manager to meet regarding the delayed Citizen Review Board. Rip it. 

Plans for a temporary Headwaters Resort and Casino on the site of current Amtrak parking at Harbor Park were made public this week. Rip it. 

Poverty in Virginia is down slightly while some wage gaps are continuing to expand, according to a recent study. Rip it.

Governor Youngkin may get to appoint an SCC vacancy as the House adjourned without taking action. The Senate remains in session, and upon adjournment, Youngkin can name an appointee. Rip it. 

Sportfishers are planning to drop artificial reefs off the shore of Ocean View this Saturday, and the group is looking for more volunteers. Rip it.  

Thousands of sailors returned to the region this week as the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group ships continue to arrive. Rip it. 

Food accessibility concerns escalated in the neighborhoods near church street when a Family Dollar burned down. Rip it. 

Chesterfield Academy is taking a “village” approach to ensuring the success of its students, kicking off with a back-to-school event. Rip it. 

Plans for the new Elizabeth River Project Resilience Lab include provisions for up to 3 feet of sea level rise. Rip it. 

The Landmark Foundation presented NSU with a $5 million check for scholarship funds. Rip it. 

WHRO held a community conversation on violence in schools this week as most students were headed back to class. Rip it. 

ODU stunned Virginia Tech once again in a football season opener. Rip it.


Creatives are gathering throughout September and October at Assembly for CAN Festival 2022. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it.

To See a World in a Grain of Sand, the latest exhibit at Chrysler Museum features sand from across the planet turned into stunning glass art. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it.

Indie jams come to a downtown rooftop: LAVA x Assembly. Rip it.

Virginia Opera announced The Valkyrie coming to Norfolk next season. Rip it. 

Get behind the scenes with a CAN Foundation installation at Three Ships in Assembly. Rip it. 

The Attucks Jazz Club is back for another season of incredible jazz artists in an intimate club setting. Rip it.  

Norfolk-artist Feign Kin drops Reckon, a 9-minute EP. Rip it.

Men for Hope teams up with Festevents, VA Arts Fest, the Urban League, Brothers, and more for the first-ever Gospelfest at Town Point Park. Rip it.

Barry Art Museum brings Mars, a large-scale sculpture of Mars, for the 2nd Annual Public Arts Festival at ODU. Rip it.  

Cirque du Soleil is coming to Scope Arena in January. Rip it.

Currently on Display:
To See a World in a Grain of Sand at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Lasting Impressions: Prints Collection at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Motion / Emotion at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
Love of Alexander 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.
DesignHer: Contemporary Women Graphic Designers at Gordon Art Galleries. Rip it.
Roberto Lugo: Pottery With Purpose at Hermitage Museum. Rip it.
100 In The Spotlight at Gallery 21. Rip it.
“Places” by Charles Rucker at Offsite Gallery. Rip it.
Drones at Nauticus. Rip it.


6 months of startup heaven could be yours. 757 Startup Studios has opened its application pool. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it.

​​A study of Downtown Norfolk’s retail ecosystem found that “local entrepreneurship […] is not as robust as in other markets” and that Downtown landlords often have a “non-strategic approach.’ Rip it. 

Marathon Development Group shared renderings of the proposed apartments for the former DePaul Medical Center, estimated to take 24 months to build. Rip it. 

Magazine Jukebox, a Norfolk-based startup, is expanding quickly by bringing digital magazines to waiting rooms. Rip it. 

70 acres near the Norfolk – Virginia Beach border could be freed up for development, and Virginia Tech explores moving its Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Rip it. 

Chrysler Museum named Ashley Grove Mars as the new Director of Communications. Rip it.

757 Angels close their next round of applicants in less than one week. Founders looking for seed investment, hurry and apply. Rip it. 

An end to an exception for sports betting firms increased Virginia tax revenue by 68%. Rip it.

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40+ artist popups and a lineup of live music courtesy of RVSHNFK come to Reaver Beach for KINSHIP NFK Fest this Saturday (NFK Currents Original). Rip it. 

The 7th Annual Hermitage Handmade Festival takes over the riverside next weekend. Rip it. 

The CAN Opener at Assembly this weekend kicks off a month of CAN Foundation events at Assembly. Rip it.

Mauskovic Dance Band, Reptile Tile, and Karacell rock out Chicho’s Backstage on Sept. 13th. Rip it.

Punk Rock Flea Market returns to Smartmouth on September 17th. Rip it. 

ODU’s 45th Annual Literary Festival is set to take over on October 2nd. Rip it. 

Nauticus is rolling out its inaugural Sailfest featuring a sailing race, pier party, and more. Rip it.

NEON Fest returns to Norfolk on October 20 & 21. 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.
Coffee + Yoga with Sky’s The Limit Yoga at Vessel Coffee. 6:30 am. Rip it.
Natural Wine Tasting at Grandiflora Wine Garden. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Tie Dye Workshop at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Travis Colby performs live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Black and Gold perform live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Eric Tubbs performs live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.  
Bad Movie Night showing The Angry Red Planet at ODU Planetarium. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
The Gruesome World of Victorian Medicine Tour of Elmwood Cemetery. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Sip & Paint: Porcelain Tumblers at 757 Makerspace. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Full Moon Sound Bath at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Aaron Lewis and the Stateliners perform live at Chartway Arena. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Black Jacket Symphony Presents Van Halen’s ‘1984’ at Harrison Opera House. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Girls Night Out – The Show at The Granby Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Tales from the Campfire Improv Show at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Courtney Barnett performs live at The Norva. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Gabe Niles performs live at Slowdive Gallery. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Late Night Ladies Bike Ride departing Smartmouth Brewing. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Aaron Firestone performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Flashback Film: The Room at Naro Cinema. 9:15 pm. Rip it.
Teacher’s Pet Improv Comedy at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
Send It! Road Ride with East Coast Cycles. 8:00 am. Rip it. 
Family Fishing Tournament at Norfolk Yacht Club. 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 at Coalescence. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Tree Tour of Forest Lawn Cemetery. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Elation Brewing. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Live Life Fresh Boombox Ride with Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it
Eric Staab performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
CaribFest at Town Point Park. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Open Auditions: The 666 Project at Push Comedy Theater. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
KINSHIP NFK Art & Music Festival at Reaver Beach NFK. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Hogwarts Express at Slover Libary. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
NEON District Art Tour with Norfolk Tour Co. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Music Match Bingo at Hank’s Filling Station. 4:30 pm. Rip it.
Growl Fest at Virginia Zoo. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
PC Guitar Duo performs live at Cova Brewing. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Dan Pellegrino performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 5:30 pm. Rip it. 
Summer of Pestilence 1855 at Cedar Grove Cemetery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Skylark with Skip Hancock performing live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Jacob Vanko performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
The CAN Opener at Assembly NFK. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Haunted Norfolk Tour with Norfolk Tour Co departing Moses Myers House. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Full Moon Ritual at Aries Apothecary. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Full Moon Party with Startt at Slowdive Gallery. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
The Unusual Suspects: Improvised Murder Mystery at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Late Night Karaoke at Cogan’s Ghent. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
JAG Duo performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
The Taylor Party: Taylor Swift Night at the Norva. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Second Saturday Standup at Push Comedy. 10:00 pm. Rip it. 

Rob White performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Bhav Brigade at Sky’s the Limit Yoga Co. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Weekly Casual Pokemon TCG at Atlantis Comics and Games. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Music Bingo at Reaver Beach Brewing. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
CommUnity with Virginia Symphony at Half Moone Crusie Terminal. 4:30 pm. Rip it.
Traditional Irish Session at Grace O’Malley’s. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Protoje performs live at the Norva. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Get a daily rundown of events on our Daily Instagram Story.


Bursting the bubble: Tealux, a Norfolk-based chain, is expanding to nine locations across several states. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

Squid ink gnocchi and rare mushrooms: LeGrand Kitchen. Rip it. 

Mr. Shawarma is going all the way fresh. Rip it. 

Now at Alkaline: grilled pork chop with a crunchy slaw of sour mango, green papaya, Thai basil, cilantro, fish sauce, chilies, and peanuts. Rip it.

Chelsea Bakehouse pastries and Voyager cold brew is a match made in heaven. Rip it.

Catch Cafe Milo on humpday for a burger and beer deal in the NEON. Rip it.

French toast, s’mores, salted caramel, and pumpkin spice boozy coffees fill out the flights at Hair of the Dog. Rip it.

A seafood boom box is the best boom box, grab it at Our Peoples. Rip it. 

Cake decorating with cocktails? Stock up on those tickets. Rip it.

Lil’ Carnitas is the latest Za down at the Veil. Rip it.

Now you see ’em, now you don’t. Pizza puffs pop up at Toast. Rip it.

Veal and veggie ragout, courtesy of Capo Capo. Rip it.

Hummingbird hits different with this vegan chocolate cake. Rip it.

Local oysters with crab meat, bacon, cheddar, and scallions on top. Call up Coachhouse. Rip it.

Dive right in: Sanctuary brings dive bars up a notch. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Big Belly &  at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 
757 Laos Street Food at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Hades Wood Fired at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it. 
Miami Fusion at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.

Smoke N Grease & Flipping Hangry at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Weng’s Kitchen at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Vang’s Sushi at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Sour Street Pizza at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.

Get Stuffed Tacos at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Bumbling Bee Vegan at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Hades Wood Fired at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
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.