This week in NFK: Cold Cases, Crackdowns, Chamber Music, CAN Fest, Chai Flights, Superhigh, Oktoberfests, & more!

by | Sep 23, 2022

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The Urban Reneal Center released a Gun Violence Dashboard, showing a stark relationship between shootings and historic redlining policies. Rip it. 

Owners of Scotty Quixx say no evidence has been supplied by the City of Norfolk as a vote to revoke the business’s Conditional Use Permit has been scheduled for September 27th. Rip it. 

California Burrito has been scheduled for a City Council vote on revoking their Conditional Use Permit on October 11th. Rip it.

City officials are looking to other cities in the region for help with the Military Circle area arena project. Rip it. 

Shurl Montgomery, a City Council candidate running in Ward 5, is hammering incumbent Tommy Smigel on crime and violence. Rip it.

Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Ramin Fatehi says that his office needs funding for more than 40 prosecutors to handle all misdemeanors. The office currently has 36 prosecutors. Rip it. 

A new sea level rise study suggests many parts of the ODU campus could be underwater. Rip it. 

Toll relief has been approved for all residents making less than $50,000/ year in the region. Rip it. 

Delirect and abandoned boats are being cleared from the Elizabeth River. Rip it. 

Parents of disabled children are suing the Va. Department of Education for a system that they say is biased after it only ruled in favor of parents in 13 of 847 cases. Rip it. 

The Virginia NAACP is demanding Attorney General Miyares to disband an Election Integrity Unit. Rip it. 

The Norfolk Re-Entry Council hosted over 200 representatives from across Virginia for the Community Collaboration Re-Entry Summit at Ted Constant Center. Rip it. 

Congresswoman Elaine Luria is set to receive additional security from the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office, funded by the U.S. Capitol Police. Rip it. 

An organization running group homes for the elderly is raising money to prevent being forced to close. Rip it.

A lawsuit asserting that Virginia’s reliance on fossil fuels is infringing on the rights of young citizens was thrown out this week. Rip it.

Changes to the Earned Income Tax Credit is set to put money back in the pockets of many Virginians. Rip it.


The CAN Fest at Assembly continues this weekend with “The Creative Summit.” (NFK Currents Original). Rip it.

Norfolk Chamber Consort opens its 54th season with a program dedicated to the influential Baroque Era Danish-German composer Dietrich Buxtehude. Rip it. 
After a two-year hiatus, the 58th Annual Ocean View Art Show returns to Ocean View Beach Park. Rip it. 

The Hermitage announced its first-ever campaign to raise funds for a new Visual Arts School. Rip it. 

Virginia Arts Festival announced the Soweto Gospel Choir coming to Attucks theater in December. Rip it. 

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

ODU is hosting an undergraduate writing contest for short fiction, non-fiction, and poetry about Mars. Rip it.

Verb Benders Slam Team is gearing up for another round of qualifying slam sessions. Rip it.

Super Comp Studios and High On Your Supply team up for a special show at Slowdive Gallery this weekend. Rip it.

Crimeline dropped their new EP, now available on all major streaming platforms. Rip it. 

Want to try out drag? Amateur night with Cafe Mudita is coming up. 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.
Kate Thomas at Elation Brewing Gallery. Rip it. 


NSU is teaming up with IBM to create a Cybersecurity Leadership Center. Rip it. 

The HBCU New Venture Challenge is attracting Norfolk State students seeking a career in entrepreneurship and potential seed funding. Rip it. 

$250 tax rebates are rolling out to millions of Virginians. Rip it.

Hospitals in the region are ramping up security as national increases in violence spill over to emergency roomsRip it. 

$100 million in funding for electric vehicle charging could bring chargers to local interstates. Rip it. 

ODU is planning to take on a project to reconstruct 18th Street and convert the street to pavers. Rip it.

Fitch Ratings positively upgraded the outlook of municipal bonds tied to Norfolk’s water revenue, which allows the City to continue to borrow cheaply. Rip it. 

The hotel industry in the region is still outperforming the rest of the Commonwealth. Rip it.

Smartmouth, one of the region’s first new-era breweries, is preparing to celebrate 10 years. Rip it.

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Oktoberfest at Maker’s Craft Brewery lands with mucho Munich music & munchies this Saturday. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it.

Crafted Indie Arts and Craft Market returns to Reaver Beach on October 8th. Rip it. 

Stockley Gardens Art Festival is back on October 15th & 16th. Rip it.

NEON Fest returns to Norfolk on October 20 & 21. Rip it.

The Make(HER) Collective is hosting an all-women-owned vendor market on October 22nd. Rip it.

The Norfolk Street Soccer Tournament returns on October 22nd, registration is now open. 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.
Yoga + Coffee with Sky’s the Limit at Vessel Coffee. 6:30 am. Rip it. 
Oktoberfest at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Mocktails 101 at Slover Library.  2:00 pm. Rip it.
Natural Wine Tasting at Grandiflora Wine Garden. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Historic Theaters Tour of Downtown Norfolk. 5:30 pm. Rip it. 
Rob Oliver performs live at Cova Brewing Company. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Where the Unsolved Rest: Cold Cases Tour of Elmwood Cemetery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Derek Smith performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Travis Colby performs live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Sarah Borges and Broken Shingles perform live at Smartmouth Brewing. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Ceramic Chia Friends Workshop at 757 Makerspace. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Blind Tasting: Red Wine Class at Vino Culture. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Wells Theater. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Dominaria United Game Day at Atlantis Comics & Games. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Wicked performed live at Chrysler Hall. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Pusha T performs live at the Norva. 8:00 pm.  Rip it.
The Improv Riot: Short Form Improv at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
SUPERHIGH art show at Slowdive Gallery. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Drag Night feat. Pain 757! at the Wave! 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
A Wilhelm Scream performs live at NFK Taphouse. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Late Night Ladies’ Ride departing Smartmouth Beer. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Charlton Phaneuf Duo performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
The Improv Riot After Dark: Short Form Improv at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
Send It! Road Ride with East Coast Cycles. 8:00 am. Rip it. 
Tidewater HOG Chapter Ride at Wawa. 8:30 am. Rip it.
East Beach Farmers Market at 9680 Shore Drive. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Yoga + Coffee with Sky’s the Limit at CoalesCoalescence am. Rip it. 
Farmers Market at Sunset Grill. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Elation Brewing. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Botanical Bike Tour on the ERT. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Live Life Fresh Boombox Ride with Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it. 
CANFEST: The Creative Summit at Assembly NFK. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
SailFest: Regatta and Pier Party at Nauticus. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Elizabeth River Gospel Fest at Town Point Park. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Oktoberfest at Benchtop Brewing with Pendelum Meats. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Oktoberfest at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Oktoberfest at Elation Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Fresh Floral Workshop at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Dragon Ball Store Championship at Atlantis Comics & Games. 12:30 pm. Rip it.  
Adoptoberfest at Reaver Beach NFK. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Wicked performed live at Chrysler Hall. 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Wells Theater. 2:00 pm  & 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Music Match Bingo at Hank’s Filling Station. 4:00 pm. Rip it. 
PC Duo performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
La’Quan Nock (Gifted Hands) performs live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Walk in Yoga at Mystic Moon Norfolk. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Saturday Night Yugioh at Atlantis Comics & Games. 6:30 pm. Rip it. 
Life of Crime, Dark Room, Snake Pitt, Cataract perform live at 2823 Marlboro Ave. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Haunted Norfolk Tour with Norfolk Tour Co. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Blackbook Release Event at Slowdive Gallery. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
OK performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
Improvageddon: UUltimateImprov Competition at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.


September Beach Clean-Up with Bold Mariner Brewing. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Fall Vintage Sunday + Clothing Swap at Selden Market. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Punk Rock Flea Market in ColleyWood. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Dustin Furlow performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Mimosas & Heels Drag Brunch at Public House. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Oktoberfest at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Fall Picnic at Downtown Norfolk Community Garden. 12:30 pm. Rip it. 
Pokémon TCG: Weekly Casual Play at Atlantis Comics & Games. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Wicked performed live at Chrysler Hall. 1:00 pm & 6:30 pm. Rip it
Peace & Pints: Bhav Brigade Yoga at Smartmouth Brewery. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Improv Comedy Brunch with Commonwealth Comedy at NFK Taphouse. 1:30 pm. Rip it. 
Leonard Ebba performs live at Cova Brewing Co. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Music Bingo at Reaver Beach NFK. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Nate Sacks performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
Stand-Up Comedy 101 with Hatton Jordan. 3:30 pm. Rip it. 
Art Rowe performs live at Sunset Grill. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
New Moon Ritual at Aries Apothecary. 5:30 pm. Rip it. 
Red, White, and You Charity Ball at Half Moone Cruise Center. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Mike DeMoss performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Get a daily rundown of events on our Daily Instagram Story.


Sour beers are taking over The Birch all weekend for the 11th time. Rip it. 

Pendulum Fine Meats has Bratwurst on deck for all your Oktoberfest needs. Rip it. 

Got an Oktober pretzel craving? Catch ’em at Chicho’s Backstage. Rip it. 

The Shoobie IPA is back at Cova Brewing. Rip it. 

Chai flights with lavender, pistachio, pumpkin, and chocolate are now at Cafe Genevieve. Rip it.

Delicata squash and burrata with spiced cashews is a perfect early fall salad at Legrand Kitchen. Rip it. 

Waffles & Blue Mimosas are the screaming brunch at the Granby Waffle Shop. Rip it.

Teriyaki salmon & jerk salmon cheesesteaks are bringing Philly to the shore. Rip it. 

Cocktails at Cure: The Ruby, feat. bourbon, grapefruit, and rosemary. Rip it.

Cajun honey chicken sandwiches rolling deep at Republic. Rip it. 

The Veil has a new Italian pilsner designed for pairing with Lil ‘Za: The Yes’Zer. Rip it. 

El Hugo is huge on 22nd street. Rip it.

Gumbo season with full crab claw and a lil’ monkfish at Stony’s. Rip it.

Crudo Nudo is bringing tapas back. Rip it.

The Mighty Dream Block Party has an insane food and drink lineup. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Weng’s Kitchen at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
A Bite of Maine at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Capt’n Crabby at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.
Avocargo at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.

Sour Street Pizza & The Hot Box at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Shawna’s Rich Eats & Bearhouse Coffee at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Pendulum Fine Meats at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.
Hades Wood Fired at Reaver NFK. Rip it.

Hades Wood Fired Pizza at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Rio Good Food at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Hashi Chow at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Not Your Routine Poutine at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth 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.