This Week in NFK: Encryption, Concerts, 48-Hour Films, New Markets, Sunsets, Kickball, and more.

by | Aug 18, 2023

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Delegate Jackie Glass is developing legislation that would require automatic license plate reader data to be encrypted by default. (NFK Currents Orginal Podcast) Rip it. 

Cordish Companies is still pursuing a lawsuit against the City of Norfolk for excluding Waterside from casino considerations. Rip it.

Norfolk School Board approved a change to disciplinary policies; they now require suspended students to attend an alternative school. Rip it.

Norfolk’s social support operations will be working from Attucks Theatre starting next week. Rip it.

$6.8 million of funds are coming to the region for affordable and special needs housing projects, including two sites in Norfolk. Rip it.

A State Corporation Commission examiner recommended suspending Dominion Energy’s restrictive rules on connecting new solar and wind energy to the grid. Rip it.

The $30 million tutor grant has overloaded tutor vendors with applications. Rip it.

Virginians who are covered by the Affordable Care Act should expect rate increases. Rip it.

ForKids nonprofit needs school supplies to help everyone prepare for the start of school. Rip it.

With the wildfires in Hawaii getting worse, some local businesses are doing what they can. Rip it.

This is the first full year of the Inflation Reduction Act tax reductions, so ensure you know how to take advantage of the billions in incentives. Rip it.

There will be a meeting to discuss the upcoming construction on I-64 this upcoming Tuesday. Rip it.


Meet Josh Coplon, the man behind LAVA Presents and a pillar in the local indie scene, in this week’s Norfolk Currents Podcast. Rip it. 

The Virginia Opera and the Richmond Symphony are performing excerpts of Loving v. Virginia on Sunday ahead of the world premiere of the full opera. Rip it.

The 48-Hour Film Project has two screenings on Tuesday and Wednesday of dozens of short films. Rip it.

“The Wounded Indian” statue is being returned to its rightful home from the Chrysler. Rip it.

Applications for artists, vendors, and contributors to the 8th Annual NEON Festival close this weekend. Rip it.

I’m So Cheugy, an exhibition by Derek Eley, opens at the Offsite Gallery in Macarthur Mall this weekend. Rip it.

Crime Line dropped their latest EP, Street Rips. Rip it.

“Still Here”, an exhibition of six women artists, opens Friday at For All Handkind. Rip it.

d’Art Center has an open call for artists for their next juried exhibition: DYNAMIC. Rip it.

Currently on Display:
Barbara Earl Thomas: The Illuminated Body at Chrysler Museum (ENDS SUNDAY). Rip it.
Heather Beardsley: Strange Plants at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Reckonings and Reconstructions: Southern Photography from the Do Good Fund at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Perspectives: Modern and Contemporary Glass from the Waitzer Collection 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 (ENDS SUNDAY). Rip it.
Jenny Craddock Art & Design at The Gallery At Elation. Rip it


The Norfolk Innovation Corridor is gathering the city’s innovators, creatives, and business builders together for a monthly mixer: The Norfolk Kickback. It returns Thursday, August 31st. Rip it.  

The Norfolk Innovation Corridor officially joined the Global Network of Innovation Districts, winning more international eyes to the local innovation scene. Rip it.

The MIC Market has opened in the former Urban Outfitters space. Rip it.

City Girls Walk is hosting its first vendor market at COVA Brewing this week. Rip it.

Dominion Energy is planning to keep coal and biomass electric power plants open for longer tha previously anticipated. Rip it.

Submissions are open for The Virginia-Pilots Sunday Break’s 2023 Bazaar Guide. Rip it.

Small business owners are joining together to advocate for skill games staying. Rip it.

The ethics committee gives the thumbs up on the state leasing land to Dominion for the wind turbine project. Rip it.

Norfolk State’s Entrepreneur Incubator Program applications are open. Rip it.

Paid internships are becoming the standard across the region. Rip it.

Leaders from across the region visited Stuttgart, Germany, to learn about Germany’s dual-track vocational education and training program. Rip it.

Regional Economic Stats. Port Stats. Labor Stats.

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Sunset tours with Norfolk Kayaks have brought spectacular views to an armada of kayakers. Rip it.

Commonwealth Comedy’s sell-out Titty Titty Bang Bang returns to the Generic Theater this Saturday. Rip it.

LAVA MiniFest returns to Toast with no less than nine indie acts taking the stage. Rip it.

Ping Pong and Pour Overs is back at Assembly on August 22nd. Rip it.

Comedian Chris Tucker is stopping by Chrysler Hall next month. Rip it.

Nashfest 757 returns to Town Point Park! Rip it.

This weekend is the Waterfront Jazz Festival, check out the set list. Rip it.

Elation Brewing’s popular Oktoberfest will be back in North Colley on September 16th. Rip it.

Run Club Friday Meetup at Yorgo’s Bageldashery. 6:00 am. Rip it
Dog Days of Summer Book Club at Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Library. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
I’m So Cheugy by Derek Eley at Offsite Gallery, MacArthur Center. 5:00 pm. Rip it
2023 Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival at Town Point Park. 5:00 pm. Rip it
Boss Babe Market at Cova Brewing. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
HUE: Our Color in Colour Opening Reception at NSU James Wise Gallery. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
John Baldwin Live Music at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Printing Party at 757 Creative ReUse Center. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Shadow Work 101 at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Ocean View Family Fun Night. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Naughty Pottery w/ Naomi Black: Mug Making Party at All Hands Pottery Studio. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Swing Dance Class at CoVA Church. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Wines of the Mediterranean with Ryn at Vino Culture. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Third Friday Clay Throwdown at d’Art Center. 7:00 pm. Rip it
ALPHA, The Microbes, and Drunk Actually perform live at The Sanctuary House. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Inaugural Men’s Summit at Norfolk Branch NAACP. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Weekly Tidewater Bluegrass Friday Jam at Roosevelt Area Civic League. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Family Twilight Trek at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Friday Night Magic: Draft – Norfolk at Atlantis Games & Comics. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Movie on the Lawn at St. Timothy Lutheran Church. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Friday Night Magic: Commander at Atlantis Games & Comics. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
DJ Sniper Style & Swagga perform live at MP Ultra Lounge. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Paint N Sip at 7 Spices Soul Food. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Flashback presents Kill Bill: Volume 1 at Naro Cinema. 9:15 pm. Rip it

Weekend Long Run. 7:15 AM. Rip it
Send It Saturday Morning Group Ride at East Coast Bicycles. 8:00 am. Rip it
Run Back To School (5k & 1 mile community race) at Norview High. 8:00 am. Rip it.
East Beach Farmers Market. 9:00 am. Rip it.
National Climbing Day Celebration at Send It Climbing Gym. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Unity in the Community: Back 2 School Celebration at MacArthur Center. 10:00 am. Rip it
Cova Moves: Goat Yoga. 10:00 am. Rip it
Family Village Outdoor Markets. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Norfolk Back To School Vendor Market & Cupcake Bakeoff at VFW Post 4809. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Weaving, From Paper to Yarn, Workshop at CoVA Church. 10:15 am. Rip it.
Live Life Fresh Boom Box Bike Ride at Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it
Living Water Outreach Ministries Back To School Give A-Way. 10:30 am. Rip it.
Sewing Studio Orientation at Mary D Pretlow Anchor Library. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Intro to Machine Sewing with Mel at 757 Creative ReUse Center. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Country Swing Workshops and Competition at The Banque. 12:00 pm. Rip it
GBRS Group Warehouse Sale at Bold Mariner. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Battletech Saturday Shootout at Atlantis Games & Comics. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Crafted Market at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Church BBQ at St Mary Romanian Orthodox Church. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Movie Matinee: Rio at Mary D Pretlow Anchor Library. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Barricade performs live at Sharks Sports Bar & Grill. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
T’ai Chi at Mary D Pretlow Anchor Library. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Marv P performs live at The Athletes Foot. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Pushing Dragons Graduation Show with guest DM George Nelson at Push Comedy Theater. 4:00 pm. Rip it
Sensory Analysis Workshop at Vino Culture. 4:00 pm. Rip it
Summer Social at Azelea Acres Playground. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Resin Wine Glass Making at Saltwater Studio. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
KPCT & Arts with Integrity Karaoke & Improv Summer Nights at CoVA Church. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Building a Loving Community: Richmond at Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU. 5:30 pm. Rip it
Dress For Success: Dressing Your Candles at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Summer Nights Pop Up Event at Fly Girl Boutique. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Saturday Night Yugioh at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
New Shop Edit at Cardinal Skate Shop. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Kickball Free Agent Social at The Wave. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Mom’s Night Out Free Country Line Dance Lessons at The Banque. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Encanto Live Theater Adaptation at Potter’s House. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Myra Smith and the Phoenix Band perform live at Boss Queens Soul Cafe. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
UFC 292: Sterling vs O’Malley at Waterside District. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Titty Titty Bang Bang 2: A Womxn’s Comedy Variety Show at Generic Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Miller Lite Hot Country Nights: Buckshot at Waterside District. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Pushing Dragons: An Improvised Dungeons and Dragons Adventure at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it
BAILA! With Jofroxi, DJ Pearl, Hungryasab, and Gabe Niles at Plaza Del Sol. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Gerald & Marc perform live at East Beach Bar & Grill. 9:00 pm. Rip it.

ERR Course Preview Meetup. 7:00 am. Rip it
Slow-Mo Sunday Group Ride at Local Bike Shop NFK. 10:30 am. Rip it
Privateer Press Game Night at Atlantis Games & Comics. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
MTG Modern Sunday at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Third Sunday Vintage Market at Smartmouth Beer. 2:00 pm. Rip it
Building a Loving Community at Virginia Opera. 2:30 pm. Rip it
Blues Jam at Cova Brewing. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
World Street Soccer at The Veil Brewing. 4:00 pm. Rip it. Big Bands on the Bay at OV Beach Park. 7:00 pm. Rip it


Did you know every Sunday is All Day Happy Hour at The Birch? Rip it.

16oz Larchmont Lite’s for $3 at Elation while supplies last; get it before it’s gone. Rip it.

I can’t stop checking out Hair of the Dog’s brunch specials. I won’t spoil the surprise, take a look for yourself! Rip it.

Birds and Bourbon has a Bourbon BBQ Duck flatbread that will knock you out. Rip it.

For our sober friends, Grandiflora Wine Garden has some delicious non-alcoholic Muri from Denmark. Rip it.

New pizza specials only at the Elation location of Bakehouse Pizza! Rip it.

No way, Avocado Vegetable Sandwich on Herb Foccica bread. I didn’t know all these wonderful words could go together! Stop by Starving Artist Cafe. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Gavin’s & Shawna’s at Maker’s Craft. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen, Revery, Weng’s Kitchen & Daddy G’s Salsa Pop Up at Cova. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.
lil’za Pizzaria at The Veil. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner. Rip it.

The Lit Auntie at Reaver Beach. Rip it.
Nacho Libre & Ghost Kitchen at Cova. Rip it.
757 Laos at Benchtop. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.
lil’za Pizzaria at The Veil. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner.  Rip it.

Flippin Hangry at Reaver Beach. Rip it.
Hades Wood Fired at Maker’s Craft. Rip it.
Weng’s Kitchen at Cova. Rip it.
Oh My Cod 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.

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.