This Week in NFK: Floodwalls, Legacy, Shipyards, Lightsabers, Monuments, and more.

by | Apr 28, 2023

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City Council approved $2.6 billion in floodwall spending with new equity stipulations. Rip it.

City Council is proposing to obtain an agreement from the Commonwealth to fund half of its obligation for the Army Corp floodwall project. Rip it. 

Norfolk leaders pass measures to address flood concerns in Southside communities. Rip it.

Millions in federal funding have been spent in Chesterfield Heights to help fight flooding since 2020. Rip it.

City Council voted to deny Legacy Lounge’s application for a new alcohol permit on Tuesday. Rip It.

Check out the latest HRT light rail renderings and leave a comment on what you want to see. Rip it. 

The Norfolk Police Department is giving free steering wheel locks to residents with steel key ignition cars, which are typically found in Kia & Hyundai vehicles and may be prone to theft. Rip It.

Norfolk Public Schools received a $965,000 grant from the State of Virginia to aid in teacher recruitment efforts. Rip it.

A new Virginia program is training pediatricians on how to treat children’s mental health amid a surge in demand for treatment. Rip it.

NSU received an Earth Day gift of $34K from the VA Natural Gas Foundation. Rip it.

Access College Foundation celebrated 2,000 college-bound seniors this week and distributed over 50K in scholarships. Rip it. 

Five thousand USS George H.W. Bush sailors arrived back in Norfolk this week. Rip it.

The Civic Leadership Institute named Mary Kate Andris a new president and CEO. Rip it.

Dominion Energy helped a Bruce’s Park family of nine with home upgrades to make the property more efficient. Rip it.

A new offensive coordinator Kevin Decker has hit the ground running for the Monarchs. Rip it.


A new public artwork commemorating the end of Massive Resistance in Norfolk was unveiled this week. (NFK Currents Original). Rip It.

Assembly announced its first-ever “Changemakers in Residence,” with six residents announced. Rip it.

Works by Garth Fry is now on display at Assembly. Rip it.

Nauticus is opening its permanent ‘Norfolk in Time’ gallery as part of its $21m transformation. Rip it.

It’s the last dance at Mambo Room, but instructors are still teaching. Rip it.

Virginia dancer who fulfilled a dream of joining Alvin Ailey’s company will perform locally this week. Rip it.

For 3 Chesapeake sisters, research on the Elizabeth River sparks environmental appreciation. Rip it.

Reviews are in for the Wells Theatre production of “Henry V.” Rip It. & Rip It.

The Norfolk Tides will be playing as the Norfolk Red Stockings, the historic all-black team from the city, in honor of Jackie Robinson Day in June. Rip it.

Taste of India: From Fabrics to Fashion coming to Chartway Arena. Rip it.

Currently on Display
The Sloane Collection at The Hermitage. Rip it.
Ninth Annual Wearable Arts Exhibition at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Facing Ourselves: Mike Disfarmer and the American Portrait at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Barbara Earl Thomas: The Illuminated Body at the Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Sam Bartlett: Low Stakes, Plywood Cutouts & Everyday Comix at Gordon Art Galleries. Rip it.
PERSPECTIVES: Modern and Contemporary Glass at the Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
The Great Exhibition: Bébés at the Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
“Blue Musings” by Hanna Kirby at Offsite Gallery. Rip it.
Flourish at d’Art Center. Rip it. 
Still Jaybird Photography: Black & White Street Photography At The Gallery at Elation Brewing. Rip it.


Norfolk’s hotel occupancy is hitting 80%, up from 69% this time in March. Rip it. 

1940s-era Rosna Theater on 35th St. in Norfolk to be the future Team Norfolk Boxing Center.  Rip it.

Nearly a billion dollars in U.S. Navy contracts are headed to the region’s shipyards. Rip it. 

Norfolk Naval Shipyard cut the ribbon for the completed Dry Dock 4, a three-year $191 Million project. Rip it. 

Menhaden industry agrees to some harvest fishing limits in the Chesapeake Bay. Rip it.

11 indie bookstores participate in the Hampton Roads Bookstore Crawl. Rip it.

Tony Brothers discussed moving his Jazz Bar from Plume St to MacArthur Center. Rip it.

Norfolk homeowners are encouraged to apply for the City’s real estate tax relief program for senior and disabled residents. Rip it.

Norfolk’s Latitude Climbing Gym has nearly completed its Hampton expansion. Rip it.

Here’s what’s coming for the Port of Virginia: accommodating ultra-large ships, constructing two-way channels for less downtime on the docks, and expanding the northern end of the Norfolk International Terminals. Rip it.

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Lightsabers & Libations: Reaver Beach Throws Epic May the Fourth Party (NFK Currents Original). Rip It.

A Taste of India festival returns to NFK this Saturday. Rip it.

Quit Whining! Wine Fest will be back at Town Point on May 6th. Rip It.

Chicago: The Musical lands at Chrysler Hall next weekend. Rip It.

LAVA Presents is bringing back NorFunk Fest on June 2nd. Rip It.

Join DJ Canrock at Harbor Park before every Friday game this season. Rip it.

May is National Bike Month, and Norfolk is giving power to the pedal. Celebrate with safe places to ride, locally owned shops, and plenty of cycling events happening throughout the month. Rip It.

Norfolk Run Club Friday Meetup at Yorgo’s Bageldashery. 6:00 am. Rip it
Sunrise Yoga + Coffee On The River at Pagoda & Oriental Garden. 6:30 am. Rip it
Friday Night Live at Cova Brewing Company. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Intro to Orisha Worship at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Patti McCracken Book Launch at The Muse Writers. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Death Followed Quickly – Without a Chance to Say Goodbye at Elmwood Cemetery. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Learn To Sail at Nauticus. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Dan Pellegrino performs at Elation. 6:30 pm. Rip it
Family Twilight Trek at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 6:30 pm. Rip it

Lethal Means, Public Acid, Spore, Relief, and Ulamog perform live at Norfolk Taphouse. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Chrysler Hall. 7:30 pm. Rip it
Friday Night Magic: Draft at Atlantis Games & Comics. 7:30 pm. Rip it
Makers & Fishnet Ink Present: The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Maker’s Craft. 8:00 pm. Rip it
The Improv Riot: The Short Form Improv Show at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Friday Night Magic: Commander at Atlantis Games & Comics. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Coheed and Cambria at The NorVA. 8:00 pm. Rip it

Weekend/Long Run at OV Diner. 7:15 am. Rip it
Send It Saturday Morning Group Ride at East Coast Bicycles. 8:00 am. Rip it
East Beach Farmers Market. 9:00 am. Rip it
City Girls Walk Meetup at Pleasant Ave Park. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Workday at Elmwood Cemetery. 9:00 am. Rip it
ERT Botanical Walking Tour at Lochhaven. 10:00 am. Rip it
Live Life Fresh Boom Box Bike Ride at Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it
Arm Balance Workshop at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 10:45 am. Rip it
It’s Gonna Be May! Boy Band Brunch at The OV Beach Tavern. 11:00 am. Rip it
Studio Sip & See Sale at d’Art Center. 12:00 pm. Rip it
3rd Annual Military Kid Strong Event. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Opening Reception Ron Primm’s People, Places, Dreams & Things, at Gallery 21. 5:00 pm. Rip it
The Dirty Dismals performing at O’Connor Brewing. 5:00 pm. Rip It.
Diamonds & Bowties | VA Opera Spring Gala at Virginia Opera. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Anthony Troy performs live at Elation. 6:30 pm. Rip it
Saturday Night Yugioh at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:30 pm. Rip it
Spring New Moon Market at Selden Market. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Brian Kenneth & The Soul Revival perform live at at Boss Queens Soul Cafe. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Chrysler Hall. 7:30 pm. Rip it
Spiritual Mass/Misa at Aries Apothecary. 7:30 pm. Rip it
Super Diamond – The Neil Diamond Tribute at Sandler Center. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Spring into Summer Swimwear Party at MJ’s Tavern. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Girl-Prov at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Mean Jesus, Totally Slow, and more perform live at Norfolk Taphouse. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
The Improvageddon Showcase of Champions at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it
Yugioh TCG Premiere Event: Cyberstorm Access at Atlantis Games & Comics. 11:00 pm. Rip it

Slow-Mo Sunday Group Ride at Local Bike Shop NFK. 10:30 am. Rip it
Trashy Hour at O’Connor Brewing Co. 11:00 am. Rip It.
Privateer Press Game Night at Atlantis Games & Comics. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Pokemon Victory Road at Atlantis Games & Comics. 12:00 pm. Rip it
MTG Modern Sunday at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Sunday Funday: Board Game Night at COVA. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Bedrock Mini-Class at Vino Culture. 1:30 pm. Rip it
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Chrysler Hall. 3:00 pm. Rip it
Beltane Ceremony at Aries Apothecary. 5:30 pm. Rip it
Mishaps and Misfortune Tour at Cedar Grove Cemetery. 6:00 pm. Rip it


Grab a free taco every single day from Sanctuary when you’re a member of Citizen Club. Rip it.

The only place to celebrate Cinco De Mayo is with the family-run El Rey 2. Rip it. 

Legrand 2.0 has soft-opened, and the food looks better than ever! Rip it

It’s a sausage party over at Redwood Smoke Shack. Rip it.

Boba fans, it’s tea time on Colley. Rip it. 

Mac & Cheese now comes on a burger at the OV Tavern. Rip it.

Calamari dreams are coming true at Crudo Nudo. Rip it.

Trade your beer for a Blueberry Basil latte at Cova. Rip it.

Hot, fresh, (gluten-free) pizza over at Baker’s Crust. Rip it.

First PB + J, now sriracha and honey mustard? Dirty Buffalo says yes. Rip it.

Cake pops are making their way to the Talbot Park Farmer’s Market. Rip it.

69 years of delicious fried chicken – have you been to Feather & Fin yet? Rip it.
Union gives ‘em something to taco bout. Rip it. 

Fresh happy hour menus are now at Repulic. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Gavin’s Dishes at Maker’s Craft Brewing Rip it.
Potato Peeps at Reaver Beach. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen and Team Fat Kid at COVA. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner. 
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Deutscher Imbiss at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Krazy Trompos at Reaver Beach Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner. Rip it.
Lit Auntie’s at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it

ThatzaWrap Food Truck at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Boomerang Dishes at Reaver Beach Brewing. Rip it.
Lumpia King at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner. 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.