This week in NFK: Cocoa Wars, Grand Illumination, Holiday Markets, Winterfest, Pies, Cruises, Catfish, and more.

by | Nov 18, 2022

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Bring your “I Voted” sticker to Selden Market to get a complimentary NFKVA-approved version through the end of November. Rip it.

Meet Norfolk’s newest City Council member, John “JP” Paige, who is an Air Force veteran, father of two, and a bail bondsman. Rip it. 

A special election for State Senate District 7, which includes parts of Norfolk, has been set for January 10th. Aaron Rouse, Cheryl Turpin, and Kevin Adams have announced their candidacies. Rip it. 

After all remaining mail and provisional votes were accounted for Adale Martin was certified the winner in the Ward 1 race for Norfolk School Board. Rip it. 

Norfolk School Board is reversing a change to rules on public comments after backlash from Norfolk residents. Rip it.

Results from the Ocean View Avenue transportation study are almost complete. Rip it. 

The City of Norfolk bought a stretch of beach in Ocean View this week so it could move forward with beach-building efforts. Rip it. 

While Headwaters Resort and Casino still does not have a gaming license, the Portsmouth casino project received its operating license this week. Rip it. 

Norfolk Police are promoting their “E-commerce Exchange Zones” ahead of the holiday shopping season. Rip it. 

The Youngkin administration’s proposed changes to the Virginia Standards of Learning received fierce criticism for reflecting political and cultural biases. Rip it. 

Virginia joined other Republican-led states in a lawsuit against the EPA for proposed rules on car emissions standards. Rip it. 

The lack of affordable housing continues to put families in a pinch across the region. Rip it. 

Federal lawmakers are proposing a unified Chesapeak National Recreation Area to spur public awareness and allow more federal funding for the area. Rip it. 

Teens With A Purpose got a boost from celebrity Al Roker ahead of their annual fundraising gala. Rip it. 

The Grand Illumination Parade is back in Downtown Norfolk this weekend after a three-year pandemic pause. Rip it.

Nope, there’s no UFO or Santa Sleigh in the sky over Norfolk. It just lights from Winterfest at Nauticus. Rip it.  

The Norfolk Animal Care Center has waived adoption fees for the month of November. Rip it. 

The Poplar Halls neighborhood honored Delcina Owens, a daily walker in the area, with a memorial bench. Rip it. 

Quiara Jackson has been named Norfolk State University’s first female drum major. Rip it.


The Virginia Arts Festival announced a sensational 2023 season jam-packed with events expected to draw over 100K attendees. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

You’ll be able to catch the highly anticipated film Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio at Naro Cinema before its theater debut. Rip it. 

Learn more about the history of the Pamunkey Tribe as the Headwaters Casino project continues. Rip it. 

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

Winterfest at Nauticus is expanding throughout downtown Norfolk with a scavenger hunt spanning several blocks. Rip it.

Watch the full short film “Return of the Trap” by the local team Matoso Productions, now available on Youtube. Rip it.

Catch the student metalworking art exhibition “What the Flux” at the ODU Hixon building through Nov. 20th. Rip it.

Don’t miss Long Division, Berries, and From Overseas on the Assembly Rooftop next Monday at 6:00 pm. Rip it. 

The Little Theater of Norfolk has an open casting call for an upcoming show about Ida B. Wells. Rip it

Opening next month at Assembly: Asymmetry, a two-person exhibition curated by the CAN Foundation. 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.
Rhubarb and Pearl 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. 

The Virginia Tourism Summit kicked off in Norfolk this week with a visit from Governor Youngkin. Rip it. 

Carnival Cruise Line announced that they would double the number of cruises from Norfolk’s Half Moone Cruise Center this week, with a goal to run year-round by 2025. Rip it. 

Passenger traffic at Norfolk International is beating 2021 numbers by more than 30%. Rip it. 

ARDX, a healthcare company, announced the investment of $2.4 million and the creation of 15 new jobs in Norfolk. Rip it. 

Virginia is tightening its rules and regulations on landfills. Rip it. 

The real estate market for October held steady across the region. Rip it.

The Norfolk State University Board of Visitors extended the contract of President Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston to 2027. Rip it. 

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Make plans for the Grand Illumination Parade returning to Downtown Norfolk for the 36th year. Rip it.

Nightcap at the Museum returns to Hermitage Museum later this month. Rip it.

The Admirals have announced the activities planned for the ECHL All-Star game and fan festival in downtown Norfolk. 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 
Harry Potter Weekend at Mudita Cafe & Coffeehouse. 6:00 am. Rip it
Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon Weekend at Town Point Park. 2:00 pm. Rip it
Artist’s Spotlight, featuring Edits by Gibb at Eleanor’s Norfolk. 4:00 pm. Rip it 
Arabia Joint Ball 2022 at Norfolk Waterside Marriott. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
It’s ShowTime Talent Show at Murray Center. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Brad Street performs live at Waterside District. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Travis Colby performs live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Art Rowe performs live at Sunset Grill. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Harvest at the Hermitage – A new event for members. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Myths & Legends: Werewolves at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it     
Harry Potter Trivia at Cafe Mudita. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Nate Sacks performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Conner Pittman performs live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Bryan Dunn performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Lord of the Rings Themed Wine Tasting at Press 626. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Tidewater Bluegrass Music Association Jam at Roosevelt Area Civia League. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Friday Night Sound Bath at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 7:00 pm. Rip it
The Norfolk Word Art Show at The Muse Writers Center. 7:30 pm. Rip it
ODU Rep Theater presents Macbeth at Goode Theater. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
ODU Dance Theater Fall Concert at University Theater. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Omar Apollo performs live at The Norva. 7:45 pm. Rip it
The Effect performed live at Generic Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Red Stapler Duo performs live at MJ’s Tavern. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
The Heather Edwards Band performs live at OV Beach Tavern. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
The JAM! Presents: Cake Walk at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Glasgow Kiss performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Jake Ryan performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it
Hampton Roads Met Gala at Slover Library. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
THIKK with DJ Kenny Kruze at 37th and Zen. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Harold Night at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it

Disaster/Travel/Wilderness First Aid Course at Old Dominion University. 6:00 am. Rip it 
Send It Saturday Morning Group Ride at East Coast Bicycles. 8:00 am. Rip it. 
Kickball League of Hampton Roads Big Open Tournament at Tarrallton Park. 8:00 am. Rip it.
Saturday Morning Adventure Ride with Local Bike Shop. 8:15 am. Rip it 
East Beach Farmers Market on Shore Drive. 9:00 am. Rip it 
Weyanoke Monthly Nature Walk at Weyanoke Bird and Wildflower Sanctuary. 9:00 am. Rip it
Live Life Fresh Boom Box Bike Ride at Freshtopia VA. 10:30 am. Rip it 
Richard A. Tucker Public Art Ceremony and Dedication. 10:00 am. Rip it
Thanksgiving Plate Painting at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 10:00 am. Rip it 
Trap Fitness at Percolator. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Turkey Trailer 2022: A Day of Giving at Military Circle Mall. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Art in Motion: d’Art’s 3rd Saturday Demo Series. 11:00 am. Rip it
Holiday Open House at Outside the Lines Art. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
BigForestFire Solo at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it 
Handcrafted Harvest at 757 Makerspace. 11:00 am. Rip it  
The 8th Annual Great Hot Cocoa War in Downtown Norfolk. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Two-Point Conversion: Presented by Reaver NFK & Elation Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
NoCo Holiday Wine Fest at Hank’s Filling Station. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Miracle on Waterside Drive: A Holiday Pop-Up Bar. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
Hipster Approved Vintage Vinyl Record Pop-up Sale at Pixel’s. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Tail Light Rebellion at Cova Brewing Company. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
NorFOLK Fest 2022 and Anniversary Bash at Benchtop Brewing Company. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Virginia Symphony performs live at Chrysler Hall. 2:30 pm. Rip it
Mistletoe Market at the historic Wells Theatre. 4:00 pm. Rip it 
Smartmouth X Gemz757: Friendsgiving at Smartmouth. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Houses of Worship: A Downtown Norfolk Walking Tour at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
Grand Illumination Dinner & Parade at Town Point Club. 5:00 pm. Rip it 
Pagan Rosary or Mala Making at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
Travis Morrison performs live at Makers Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
Nate and Jarvis perform live at Cova Brew Co. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Yesterday: A Tapestry of Music & Urban Nostalgia at The Muse Writers Center. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
LOUIS KATZ performs live at The Granby Theater. 6:30 pm. Rip it  
Saturday Night Yugioh at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:30 pm. Rip it 
36th Annual Grand Illumination Parade at Downtown Norfolk. 7:00 pm. Rip it  
Consec, Bato, Self-Inflict, Prime Suspect, and Circuit perform live at Norfolk Taphouse. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
ODU Rep Theater presents Macbeth at Goode Theater. 7:30 pm. Rip it
ODU Dance Theater Fall Concert at University Theater. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Maze Ft. Frankie Beverly live at Chartway Arena. 8:30 pm. Rip it
Pushing Dragons: An Improvised Dungeons and Dragons Adventure at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
The Effect performed live at Generic Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Dark Star Orchestra at The NorVa. 8:30 pm. Rip it 
Brandon Peter performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it
Puerto Rico Strong: A Burlesque Benefit Show at Reaver NFK. 9:00 pm. Rip it
Baila! With Jofroxi, Fake Uzumi, Gabe Niles, and Startt at Plaza Del Sol. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Off-Granby: The Musical! Starring: The Impromptunes at Push Comedy Theater. 10:30 pm. Rip it

Fitness Course Planting Project at Plum Point Park. 7:00 am. Rip it 
Sunday Scaries: NaNoWriMo Hybrid Write-In at The Muse Writers Center. 10:00 am. Rip it 
Cova Moves Goat Yoga at Cova Brewing. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Slow-Mo Sunday Group Ride at Local Bike Shop NFK. 10:30 am. Rip it
Yoga on Tap with Sky’s The Limit at Reaver NFK. 10:45 am. Rip it
Elated Craft Market at Elation Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
Mini-Class Featuring Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs by Anthill Winery at Vino Culture. 12:30 pm. Rip it
Church St. Market: Harvest Market at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 1:00 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 
MTG Modern Sunday at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Thanksgiving Market at Talbot Park Farmer’s Market. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Art Rowe performs live at Cova Brewing. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Poetry Open Mic: Melodic Movement at Cafe Mudita. 1:30 pm. Rip it.
The Effect performed live at Generic Theater. 2:30 pm. Rip it.
Between Sound & Silence Screening at Hugh R. Copeland Center. 2:30 pm. Rip it. 
Bell, Book, and Candle at Little Theatre of Norfolk. 2:30 pm. Rip it. 
New Moon Ritual at Aries Apothecary. 5:30 pm. Rip it. 
From Ashes To New at The NorVA. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
MercyMe inhale (exhale) Tour at Chartway Arena. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Grant Austin Taylor performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
ODU Theater presents Macbeth at Goode Theater. 7:30 pm. Rip it.

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


Luce is whipping up Berkshire pork chop parmigiana, and they did not forget about the truffle oil. Rip it.

Cafe Mudita has some HOT Harry Potter-themed cocktails on the menu this weekend. Rip it. 

Cafe Stella has some gorgeous holiday pies to bring home for the holidays. Rip it.

You don’t have to know what’s in the seafood boom box to know that it’s a great decision. Rip it.

Smore’s Amore has a special flavor dedicated to their biggest fan. It’s called Lolo, which means grandfather in Tagalog. Rip it. 

Moontide Sundries is ready for you to dive into this fried Brussels sprouts and roasted sweet potato bowl. Rip it. 

Post-thanksgiving cocktails with rare Ashmead apples courtesy of Crudo Nudo. Rip it.

Ghost Kitchen breakfast burritos are now available at Cova Brewing on select days. Rip it.

Brother’s dropped a new lunch menu that includes a catfish sandwich and a VA hot chicken. Rip it.

Coco Jam now has wings featuring Jerk, Mango BBQ, and Tamarind Scotch Bonnet flavors. Rip it.

Legrand Kitchen is still working to secure a new home and still churning out your favorite chow. Rip it.

If you missed Beaujolais Nouveau Day at Toast, there’s still plenty of Bojo on tap this weekend. Rip it. 

Dirty Maple Chai on ice is so so nice. Rip it.

Get the BTS on making Mole Verde with Chorizo. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
757 Laos Street Food at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Ghost Kitchen (AM) and La Cucina di Sophia(PM) at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.
Hades Wood Fired Pizza at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.

Ghost Kitchen (AM) and Courtney’s Kitchen at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Aloha Snacks and Sour Street Pizza at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Lumpia King at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.

Smoked Biscuit at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Big Belly Food Truck at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Gavin Dishes at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.

A Bite of Maine 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.