This week in NFK: Double Norfolk Currents Popups, Granby Street Bike Lanes, Jazz Brunch, and Homegrown opens in the NEON

by | Aug 6, 2021


How parking requirements hurt our city. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

There’s still time to leave your input on the Granby Street bike lane project. Rip it. 

As delta variant cases spike, Norfolk is reimposing mask mandates at all indoor City buildings and facilities. Rip it. 

Hopes for a ‘fast-tracked’ budget bill in the Virginia legislature were dashed this week as the Senate took issue with the House-passed bill. Rip it. 

Norfolk Public Schools is looking to fill dozens of teaching positions with a job fair. Rip it. 

Norfolk currently has 158 openings for police officers, with 618 current sworn officers. Rip it. 

Former Sheriff Bob McCabe says jail contractors gave him gifts because they were friends in his corruption trial. Rip it. 

Another set of data is now available in the Norfolk Open Data portal, this time fire inspections. Rip it. 

CHKD’s Mindfulness Program is helping young athletes deal with anxiety, stress, and the pressure of performing. Rip it. 

Residents of the Poplar Hall neighborhood are concerned that plans for a new apartment complex could result in additional crime in the area. Rip it. 

Norfolk Parks and Rec’s summer reading program has resulted in nearly a million minutes of reading. Rip it. 

The Mosaic Steel Orchestra is bringing lessons on steel drums to underserved communities in Norfolk. Rip it. 

LawnStarter has ranked Norfolk the 7th best U.S. city for dog parks. Rip it. 

S.B. Ballard Stadium at ODU is set to host the 2021 and 2022 Virginia High School League Football Championships. Rip it. 

A Norfolk man was pardoned after serving 22 years in prison. Rip it. 

Patrick Roberts is the newest Deputy City Manager in Norfolk. Rip it. 


TGOV – Ocean View’s Weekly Summer Festivals are rocking the shore the OV Way. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

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

Tyler the Creator is coming to Norfolk with a planned show at Chartway Arena for the Call Me If You Get Lost tour. Rip it. 

The Little Theater of Norfolk is Tidewater’s oldest community theater. Rip it. 

Thomas Wilkins has been named the Principal Guest Conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Rip it. 

LAVA Minifest is back at Toast on September 10th. Rip it. 

Festevents has announced Nashfest 757. Rip it. 

Crafted Fall Market is on the books for October 9th at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it. 

New beachside sports league in town: Norfolk Roundnet. 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. 

Homegrown at CommuneXCrop in the NEON District. Rip it.

Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful at Chrysler Museum of Art. Rip it.

Orchids: Attraction and Deception at Barry Art Museum. Rip it. 

Norfolk Republic by Clayton Singleton at Offsite Gallery, MacArthur Center. Rip it. 

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


Despite legal complications with existing Virginia law, a Tesla dealership has been approved in Norfolk for the Military Hwy area. Rip it.

Local organizations are coming together to create the Hampton Roads-Eastern Shore Unmanned Systems (UxS) Strategic Playbook. Rip it.

Norfolks SVT Robotics announced they are investing $100,000 in a new lab and hiring on 37 new employees. Rip it.

Frontier Airlines has added $29 flights from Norfolk to Miami. Rip it.

The City of Norfolk has launched a new tool for small businesses called StartGrowBiz. Rip it.

EVMS announced an abrupt change in its leadership on the first day of classes. Rip it.

Four generations of the Mazzio/Nichols family have worked at Lake Taylor Transitional Care facility. Rip it.

Josh and Matt Eldredge, 39-year-old identical twins, merged their landscaping business Earthscapes with local firm Lawn-Aid. Rip it.

Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority has a total of over $447,000 in past-due rent owed with 543 delinquent resident accounts as of July 31. Rip it.

Norfolk’s Norva Plastics has been busy keeping up with plastic shield orders from local schools and other organizations. Rip it.

Migration trends in Virginia by economist Dr. Lisa Sturtevant. 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**
Norfolk Run Club Meetup at Yorgo’s Bageldashery. 6:00 am. Rip it.
Sunrise Yoga + Coffee on the River with Skys the Limit Yoga co. 6:30 am. Rip it. 
Ghent Farmer’s Market at Blair Middle. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
First Fridays in Downtown Norfolk. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
NFK Currents Popup Shop at First Fridays. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Late till 8 Adult Night at Virginia Zoo. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Eric Tubbs performs live at Cova Brewing Co. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Anthony Rosano & The Conquerors perform live at Ocean View Beach Park. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Amy Kaus performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Skylark with Skip Hancock performs live at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Edward Plus One performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
The Made Up Movie at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Matt Holloman performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
The Deloreans perform live at Waterside District. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Late Night Ladies Ride departing Smartmouth. 8:30 pm. Rip it.

Saturday Morning Adventure Ride with Local Bike Shop. 8:00 am. Rip it.
CovaMoves: Burn Bootcamp at Cova Brewing. 8:30 am. Rip it.
East Beach Farmers Market at Shore Drive. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Summer Artist and Maker Market at Selden Market. 10:00 am. Rip it.
NFK Currents Popup Shop at Selden Market. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Backyard Yoga with Bhav Brigade at Hank’s Filling Station. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Freshtopia Boombox Ride on the ERT. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
Bike & Brunch at Starving Artist Cafe. 10:00 am & 12:00 pm. Rip it.
BigForestFire performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Norfolk Mac & Cheese Festival at Waterside. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
YOUth Matter at LGBT Life Center. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Mikey Mason performs live at Muse Writers Center. 4:30 pm. Rip it.
Dustin Furlow and Matt Thomas perform live at Market on Monarch. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Missing Digit Festival at Smartmouth Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Felicia Hoyos performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
HOMEGROWN Exhibition Opening at CommuneXCrop. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Dramtreeo performs live at the Goode Theatre at ODU. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Fox and the Bear perform live at Elation Brewing. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
IrieVive, The Hookz, Native Dread and the Rockers perform live at Chicho’s Backstage. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Neptune Groove performs live at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Date Night at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
The Nashville Nights Band performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it.


Sunday Dog Days at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Brewed to Run at Smartmouth Brewing. 9:30 am. Rip it.
Second Sunday’s Jazz Brunch at Smartmouth Brewing. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Dustin Furlow performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Brunch Vibes w/ Beer Cocktails at Reaver Beach NFK. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Paint Your Own Summer Tote Bag Children’s Class at d’Art Center. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Red Stapler Duo performs live at Hank’s Filling Station. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Cody Browning performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewing. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Animal HAUS performs live at Grain. 4:30 pm. Rip it.


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


Looking for grub at First Fridays? Major Phillie Cheesesteaks has specials for the night. Rip it. 

Captain Groovy’s is serving up portabellas and crab stuffed with coconut sauce. Rip it. 

Grandiflora Wine Garden was not playing around when they put ‘garden’ in their name. Serious contender for best business green thumb right here. Rip it. 

Get your vegan food with a side of fresh beats at the Conscious Planet popoup on Friday. Rip it.

Smorefolk Smorefest this weekend at Selden Market. Rip it.

The elusive Aubrena Bakes vegan baked goods will be at the Artist & Maker Market. Rip it.

Why not make your bloody mary a full meal? Hair of the Dog will help you out. Rip it. 

Kobro’s craft latte of the week is Blackberry Lime Zest. Rip it.   

Food Truck Sightings:
Pelican Pete’s Pizza at Cova Brewing. Rip it. 
Hangry’s at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
Sour Street Pizza at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it. 
PDS Street Tacos at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it. 
Avocargo at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 

Hangry’s at Cova Brewing. Rip it. 
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 
Chicken Coop 757 at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
757 Hotdog Project at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it. 
Pitt County BBQat Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it. 

Bear House Coffee Roasters at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
Bumbling Bee Vegan at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Gavin Dishes at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it. 
Jazz Brunch with Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Chicken Coop 757 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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