This week in NFK: Flood Walls, Festivals, Fashion Show, NorFunk Lineup, Fresh Fish Fare, and more.

by | May 27, 2022

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Initial plans for floodwalls in Norfolk were met with aesthetic concerns by City Council. Rip it.

See flood wall renderings and proposals from the Army Corp of Engineers here. Rip it.

NOAA predicts 6-10 hurricanes over the course of the summer and fall. Rip it.

Amid a shortage of staff, Norfolk Public Schools is welcoming back volunteers. Rip it.

Norfolk’s Box Center, a point of contention between some City Council members and City officials, has found a temporary home in Park Place to make room for a temporary casino facility at Harbor Park. Rip it.

The Norfolk Planning Commission Thursday approved a request for a conditional use permit from the Pamunkey Tribe to open a temporary casino at Harbor Park this week. Rip it.

HRT is increasing services this weekend as large crowds are expected for baseball games, Patriotic Festival, multiple concerts, and other celebrations in Norfolk. RIp it.

Patriotic Festival comes to Downtown Norfolk for the first time after leaving Virginia Beach and recent media controversy with the headliner. Rip it.

The U.S. Coast Guard stepped in to investigate after Carnival cruise ship passengers complained of sickness-inducing fumes aboard a Norfolk-docked ship. Rip it.

Federal officials signed an agreement that will provide $225 million to expand shipping lanes to accommodate ultra-large ships. Rip it.

A group of lawmakers is urging the Department of Defense to curb the profits taken by military commissaries as price increases hit military families. Rip it.

Norfolk Public Schools’ music education program was named one of the 2022 Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants. Rip it.

The Downtown Tunnel, the first underwater tunnel in Virginia, celebrates 70 years this week. Rip it.

The Maiden, a world-famous ship whose crew was the first all-female team to participate in the Whitbread Round the World Race visits Nauticus this weekend. Rip it.

Bike Polo is picking up in Norfolk as the sport gains team during Bike Month. Rip it.

ODU Women’s Tennis picked up national titles in the NCAA Tournament. Rip it.

ODU Football’s 2022 home opener will be against Virginia Tech. Rip it.


It’s the last weekend to catch FloodZone and Water’s Rising exhibits at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.

Ayana Ashanti Askew, a Booker T Washington student won a U.S. Presidential Scholar Award for her work in spoken word. Rip it.

The Virginia Stage Company is performing “Every Brilliant Thing” as the final show in their 43rd season. Rip it.

The Virginia Opera is planning to tell the story of Loving v Virginia, the landmark supreme court case that invalidated bans on interracial marriages, for its 50th Anniversary. Rip it.

Nauticus hosts a traveling drone exhibit starting over Fathers Day weekend. Rip it.

Dan Deacon headlines a special summer show with seven acts on June 11th. Rip it.

Virginia Arts Festival premieres two new operas next month: Briar Patch and Companionship. Rip it.  

Local band The Hookz dropped a new single “Daisy.” Rip it.

The Foster Beauty Fashion Show comes to the Assembly Rooftop in early July. Rip it.

The Hermitage opens an exhibition by Robert Lugo: “Pottery with a Purpose” on June 10th. Rip it.

Currently on Display:
FloodZone: Photographs by Anatasia Samoylova at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Water’s Rising: A View From Our Back Yard at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
The Totality of Time Lusters the Dusk at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
MC Escher: Infinite Variations at Chrysler Musuem. Rip it.
Motion / Emotion at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
Hirata Gōyō: The Birth of the Japanese Art Doll at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
Oil Paintings by Rick Seguso at Gallery 21. Rip it.
Mystery Villains at Slowdive Gallery. Rip it. 


RISE announced the 8 winners for its urban and rural resilience challenges. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

Norfolk-based startup Drone Up is rolling out drone delivery to Walmart shops that can reach 4 million people. Rip it.

The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater hosted an offshore wind panel discussing the burgeoning industry. Rip it.

A Norfolk resident was surprised by strikingly different quotes on solar roofs, and local advocates want stricter rules. Rip it.

Norfolk’s Colonna’s Shipyard promoted three executives into senior management as it completes a “strategic organizational realignment.” Rip it.

Seafood businesses in the region are pressing for more access to H2-B visas that allow for seasonal workers. Rip it.

The Port of Virginia is ahead of schedule for its transition to renewable energy. Rip it.

JP Morgan Chase plans to bring two retail bank offices to Norfolk by the end of the year. Rip it.

The City of Norfolk’s The Department of Human Services is hosting Gateway Academy to connect residents with career training opportunities. Rip it.

Norfolk-based PRA Group is leveraging its international reach to aid the humanitarian crisis around Ukraine. Rip it.

Borjo Coffeehouse may be on its way back to Monarch Way in ODU. Rip it.

Norfolk Sinking Since Tote

Arches National Snark – Granby Street NFK


This Saturday, Smartmouth is hosting a folk fest benefiting Ukraine relief efforts called “Folk Putin Revue.” Rip it.

Next Saturday LAVA Presents NorFunk Fest at Maker’s Craft Brewery with Tauk, on June 4th. Rip it.

FuseFest, Teens With a Purpose annual festival, takes over Purpose Park next week. Rip it.

The 46th Annual Harborfest, Norfolk’s headline festival, makes a triumphant return to Norfolk on June 10th. Rip it.

Smartmouth brings back their Juneteenth celebration next month with music, vendors, and food. Rip it.

**Please note that listed times are start times, many events run several hours**
All Weekend:
Patriotic Festival in Downtown Norfolk.

Norfolk Run Club meetup at Yorgo’s. 6:00 am. Rip it.
Meet the Crew of the Maiden Factor at Nauticus. 10:00 am. Rip it.
The Wailers perform live at Town Point Park. 1:30 pm. Rip it.
Outdoor Pool Season Opening at Norfolk Yacht Club. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Elation Tap Takeover at Fishin’ Pig. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Ancient Egyptian Magic Basics at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Paul and Chris perform live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Black and Gold perform live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
The Bay Rats perform live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
The Gruesome World of Victorian Medicine Tour of Elmwood Cemetery. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
A Yogi Clothing Swap at Sky’s the Limit Yoga co. 6:45 pm. Rip it.
Frank Sings Frank Sinatra at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Tides vs Gwinnett Stripers at Harbor Park. 7:05 pm. Rip it.
Va Stage Company presents Every Brilliant Thing at Wells Theater. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
The Improv Riot: Short Form Improv at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Donal O’Shaughnessy performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Late Night Ladies Ride departing from Smartmouth. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
The Slow Jam at Slowdive Gallery. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
DJ Mista Nice performs live at Grain. 9:30 pm. Rip it.
Patriotic Festival After Party at Waterside. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
The Improv Riot After Dark: Short Form Improv at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
Darling Nikki, Jerome Baker III, and Mathias perform live at Thank You Thank You  Bar. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

East Coast Cycles Road Ride Group. 8:00 am. Rip it.
Yoga + Coffee with Sky’s the Limit at Coalescence. 9:00 am. Rip it.
East Beach Farmers Market at 9680 Shore Drive. 9:00 am. Rip it.
ERT Botanical Bike Tour departing Taylor Elementary. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Elation Brewing. 10:00 am. Rip it.
LEGO Space Challenge at Slover Library. 10:30 am. Rip it.
Live Life Fres Boom Box Ride with Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it.
Adult Tabletop Meetup at Slover Library. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
DJ Joe Fu performs live at Grain. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Cogan’s Spring Beer Festival at Cogan’s North. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Big Forest Fire performs live at Hank’s Filling Station. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Toad and the Wet Sprocket perform live at Town Point Park. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Va Stage Company presents Every Brilliant Thing at Wells Theater. 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Music Match Bingo at Hank’s Filling Station. 4:30 pm. Rip it.
Ukraine FolkFest Fundraiser at Smartmouth Brewing. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Kane Brown performs live at Patriotic Festival Stage. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Phil Poteat performs live at O’Connor Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Swamp Rats perform live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Enter the Realm Street Dance Session at 711 Granby Street. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Tides vs Gwinnett Stripers at Harbor Park. 6:35 pm. Rip it.
Red Stapler Duo performs live at Ocean View Fishing Pier. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Neptune Groove performs live at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
New Moon Meditation at Aries Apothecary. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Girl-Prov Improv Show at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Norman Brown performs live at Harrison Opera House. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Donal O’Shaughnessy performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Groovebox Techno House show with multiple DJs at Slowdive Gallery. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
DJ Hutch performs live at Grain. 9:30 pm. Rip it.
Improvageddon Improv Show at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
Patriotic Festival After Party at Waterside. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
Chriz Javey and Dan Stuckey perform live at Thank You Thank You Bar. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

MacArthur Center Pickleball Meetup. 9:30 am. Rip it.
Slow-Mo Sundays Bike Ride with Local Bike Shop. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Dustin Furlow performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Indoor Cornhole Tournament at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Jordan Cooper performs live at Cova Brewing Co. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Gin Blossoms perform live at Town Point Park. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Tides vs Gwinnett Stripers at Harbor Park. 1:05 pm. Rip it.
Va Stage Company presents Every Brilliant Thing at Wells Theater. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Red Stapler Duo performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Morgan Wallen performs live at the Patriotic Festival. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Absolem Art Bazaar at Mazzika Hookah Lounge. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Skylark with Skip Hancock performs live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Joe Grundmeyer performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it.

Memorial Day Monday:
Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony at Wisconsin Square. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Cova Books and Brews Meetup at Cova Brewing Co. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
D&D Adventurer’s League at Atlantis Comics & Games. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Pub Quiz at Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub and Restaurant. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
East Coast Adventure Ride departing East Coast Cycles. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Free Salsa and Bachata Class at Mambo Room. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Movie Night: Big Trouble in Little China at Hank’s Filling Station. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
The War on Drugs performs live at The Norva. 7:30 pm. Rip it.

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


Smores Amore is love at first bite. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it.

​​Bar-Q Desserts dropped a cookie butter blondie that will make rain clouds part and sunshine beam down. Rip it.

Surf’s up dudes! Pelon’s is stuffing fish, shrimp, and scallops into this beachy burrito. Rip it.  

Slide down to Crudo Nudo and get jiggy with some idiazabal cheese and serrano sliders. Rip it.

Strawberry and basil turnovers are the sneaky flavor bombs at Chelsea Bakehouse. Rip it.

Fried Oyster Po’Boys are on special down at Commune Provisions. Rip it.

Grilling up burgers for Memorial Day weekend? Swing by Pendulum for the real deal meats. Rip it.

Don’t want to grill your burgers? 80/20 has the widest burger menu in town. Rip it.

Hibiscus and maple are taking center stage with Kobro’s craft latte of the week. Rip it.

The French bakery goes German! La Brioche trys out Apfel Strüldels. Rip it.

Katch ’em if you kan. The legendary Klassic Doughnuts is popping up at markets and breweries throughout the week. Rip it.

Toast is slinging their take on espresso martinis made with Kobro’s cold brew. Rip it.

Mahalo Poke House brings Hawaiian-style chow to East Beach. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Sense’s Vegan Comfort Food at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Get Stuffed at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
A Bite of Maine at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.

Weng’s Kitchen at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Miami Fusion at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Rio Good Food at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.

Shawna’s Rich Eats at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Gavin Dishes at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
DC Smoothies at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Capt’n Crabby at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.

Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.

Memorial Day Monday:
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Weng’s Kitchen at Cova Brewing. 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.