This week in NFK: Formula Finder, Fine Free Books, Folk Putin, Fried Catfish, Federal Funds, a Frenzy of Live Music, and more!

by | May 20, 2022

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The Latest on the “Railyards at Lambert’s Point” development project. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

Read the City of Norfolk’s summary of the recently passed FY 2023 Budget here. Rip it.

A tense exchange between City Council and officials (current and former) from Hampton Roads Ventures, an arm of NRHA, seemed to set the stage for formal action by the City. Rip it.

According to public health officials who have been testing our poo water, “stealth Omicron” is on the rise in the region. Rip it.

Norfolk Public Libraries are adopting a fine-free policy for late books, media, and other resources. Fines for lost or damaged goods remain. Rip it.

Former Police Chief Larry Boone finally put down rumors that he was forced to retire and spoke about the current state of local policing. Rip it.

Micro-mobility is getting a new look in town as Lime Scooters drop new models of e-scooters. Rip it.

Over $5 million in federal funds are headed to Norfolk to support affordable housing projects, including the construction of new units. Rip it.

The City of Norfolk hosted a Title I community meeting on Thursday to discuss the allocation of fnds. Rip it.

Local dad and House of Delegates candidate Phil Hernandez started a blog for finding baby formula after finding it tough to find what his one-year-old needed. Rip it. 

The Elizabeth River Project broke ground on its $8 million resilience lab this week. It will serve as the organization’s headquarters and a testing ground for resiliency strategies. Rip it. 

Dominion Energy’s wind energy ambitions are in danger as several groups legally challenge the utility operators’ ability to increase rates for project overruns. Rip it.

Eight Virginia organizations joined as signatories in a federal petition to the FTC to investigate energy industry practices. Rip it. 

The HRBT Expansion Project is still on time and on budget, with massive concrete tunnel rings expected to arrive on-site soon. Rip it.

Military families across the region may have been exposed to high levels of PFAs in water at military facilities. Rip it. 

The Virginia Aquarium is helping local fishermen who accidentally hook critically endangered native sea turtles. Rip it.

Urban League of Hampton Roads President and CEO Gilbert T. Bland will receive the Civic Leadership Institute’s 2022 Individual Darden Award. Rip it. 

NSU Men’s and Women’s teams had phenomenal performances at MEAC Track and Field. Rip it.

Dan Garbutt, who helped build the ODU Women’s Rowing Team from their first-ever season to a consistently medal-stacking team, is retiring. Rip it.


Self-described as “Just two lovebirds singing without reverb,” The War and Treaty, a husband and wife musical duo, are set to rock Perry Pavilion this week. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it.  

The Stockley Gardens Art Festival returns this weekend with over 115 artists, musicians, and vendors. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it.

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

The Barry Art Museum opened two exhibits featuring works tied to Ukraine this month. Rip it.

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

WeTransfer named Norfolk as a top 3 “Emerging Creative Hub.” Rip it.

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

Grilled Out with Snake Mountain Revival, Shormey, and more comes to Toast on June 11th. Rip it. 

Vitreous Theater, a melding of dance, music, drama, and sculpture comes to Chrysler Museum next week. Rip it. 

Watch this snippet of Boris the Lucid performing at the last UVIR Portrait Palooza. 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.
Motion / Emotion at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
Hirata Gōyō: The Birth of the Japanese Art Doll at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
Mystery Villans at Slowdive Gallery. Rip it.


This gym rocks! How Latitude is using community to build a high-climbing business. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it. 

Virginians could see $450 million in debt cancellation after a Virginia Poverty Law Center suit against online payday lenders. Rip it. 

RISE, a resilience innovations organization, awarded 8 firms grants for urban and rural solutions to flooding and sea-level rise. Rip it

The economic impact of the Patriotic Festival is expected to be one billion dollars annually. Rip it.

Tegna, a national television firm that owns local channel 13 News Now, was bought by private equity firms Standard General and Apollo Global Management. Rip it. 

Dorsett Barnwell, the winner of 16 boxing world championships, has proposed a partnership with the City of Norfolk to run a replacement community boxing center. Rip it.

Sentara and Riverside hospital systems are warning locals that they are facing shortages of IV contrast after a major supplier in Shanghai shut down. Rip it.

757 Startup Studios, based out of Assembly, brings on 20 new founders into their studio on May 31st. Rip it.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol have been seizing millions of dollars worth of counterfeit designer clothes at the Port of Norfolk. Rip it.

Blair Durham, the founder of Black BRAND, says that now is the time for people of color to start businesses. Rip it.

As ambitious entrepreneurs seek to get ahead of the Commonwealth’s cannabis legalization, law enforcement is cracking down. Rip it.

May’s Parlor is expanding to Norfolk with a location in the Palace Station shops in Ghent. Rip it.

The building housing Norfolk Taphouse on 21st Street was sold to a new owner. No update on if the beloved bar and restaurant will be affected. Rip it. 

Andrew Hunds has a passion for bikes and people that he lives out through his bike shop on Colley Ave. Rip it.

With the price of diesel nearly doubling, local food trucks are starting to feel the pinch. Rip it.

Local hardware chain Taylor’s Do-It Center is beating the competition by offering brands you can’t get at big box stores. Rip it.

Rent prices in the region were up 10.4% YOY in Q1 2022. Rip it.

Regional Economic Stats. Port Stats. Labor Stats.

Norfolk Sinking Since Tote

Arches National Snark – Granby Street NFK


Lucas Bohn and Tim Young, two comics featured on national TV shows, are landing at Maker’s Craft Brewery on May 26th. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it.

NorFunk Fest brings Tauk, Delirious George, The Hookz, Paper Aliens, and Ben & Friends to Maker’s Craft Brewery on June 4th. Rip it.

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

The 46th Annual Harborfest lands in Norfolk on June 10th. Rip it.

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Glow Party is set to light up Scope Arena this October. Rip it.

**Please note that listed times are start times, many events run several hours**
Bike To Work Day – Citywide! All-day. Rip it.
Norfolk Run Club meetup at Yorgo’s. 6:00 am. Rip it.
Sunrise Yoga + Coffee with Sky’s the Limit Yoga co. 6:30 am. Rip it. 
NIC Unfiltered: A Caffeinated Collaboration at Assembly. 9:00 am. Rip it.
32nd Annual Bayou Bon Vivant Cajun Fest at Town Point Park. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Ghent Farmer’s Market at Blair Middle School. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Happy Hour Wine Tasting with Vino Culture. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Native Dread performs live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Kylie Johnson performs live at Grandiflora Wine Garden. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Jeanette Harris and Althea René perform live at Brother’s. 6:00 pm & 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Cody Browning performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Marty C. Moore performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
The Gruesome World of Victorian Medicine Tour of Elmwood Cemetery. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Bandaloop: Aerial Performances on the Wells Fargo Building. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Movie Night: Dirty Dancing at Sky’s the Limit Yoga Co. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Dan Pellegrino performs live at Reaver Beach. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Skylark with Skip Hancock performs live at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Brittney Boyd Book Launch at Muse Writer’s Center. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Fish-N-Sticks III with Norfolk Bike Polo at Tarrallton Park. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Pay Garvey performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Virginia Stage Company presents Every Brilliant Thing at Wells Theater. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Layne and Libby’s Popup at Cure Coffeehouse. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Glow Ride VI with Social Cycling Norfolk departing the Plot. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
24K Goldn performs live at the Norva. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
No Limit Reunion Tour live at Norfolk Scope. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
The JAM! Improv Show at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
The Curious Savage performed live at Little Theater of Norfolk. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Late Night Ladies Bike Ride departing Smartmouth. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
DiskoFreq Secret Cypher with multiple featured artists at Slowdive Gallery. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Jan and Zane Duo perform live at Grain. 9:30 pm. Rip it.
Harold Night Improv Show live at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
Kobe Wiggins and DJ All Naturel perform live at Thank You Thank You Bar. 10:00 pm. Rip it. 


East Coast Bicycles Road Ride. 8:00 am. Rip it.
Saturday Morning Adventure Ride with Local Bike Shop. 8:15 am. Rip it. 
East Beach Farmers Market at 9680 Shore Drive. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Rummage Sale to Benefit Virginia Children’s Chorus. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Weyanoke Bird Sanctuary Monthly Nature Walk. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Fish N Sticks III Bike Polo Tournament at MacArthur Center Green. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Norfolk Eviction Prevention Center Resource Clinic at Military Circle. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Bhav Brigade Yoga at the Plot. 9:30 am. Rip it.
Goat Yoga at Cova Brewing Company. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Party for the Planet at Virginia Zoo. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Tree Tour of Forest Lawn Cemetery. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Live Life Fresh Boombox Bike Ride. 10:30 am. Rip it.
BigForestFire performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Poochella 2022 at Bea Arthur Community Dog Park. 11:00 am. Rip it.

Fit4Mom Workout at Benchtop Brewing. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Pints for Parkinson’s at Elation Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Food Truck Rodeo at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Red Stapler Duo performs live at Stockley Gardens Art Festival. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
PIMP My Flow at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 12:30 pm. Rip it.
Chris Johnson performs live at Hank’s Filling Station. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Author Talk: Collecting True Friends at Slover Library. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Foster Care Aware Family Day at Smartmouth Brewing. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Bandaloop, Aerial Performance on the Wells Fargo Building. 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Music Match Bingo at Hank’s Filling Station. 4:30 pm. Rip it.
Opening Reception: Oil Paintings by Rick Seguso at Gallery 21. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Lane Rice performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Jeanette Harris and Althea René perform live at Brother’s. 6:00 pm & 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Herbal 1st Aid Workshop at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Parks & Rec Family Movie Night at Lake Taylor. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Dan Pellegrino performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
The North Country and Danet Jackson perform live at Chicho’s Backstage. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
John Mulaney: From Scratch live at Norfolk Scope. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Men’s Paint Night with Off the Canvas at 757 Makerspace. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Contra Dance at First Lutheran Church of Norfolk.7:30 pm. Rip it.
Virginia Stage Company presents Every Brilliant Thing at Wells Theater. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Glo Roll Bike Ride with OV Bike Crew at Community Beach. 7:45 pm. Rip it.
Kristin Chenoweth and Renée Fleming perform live at Chrysler Hall. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Colt Ford performs live at the Norva. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
The Curious Savage performed live at Little Theater of Norfolk. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Trouble in Pushville at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Rhytymfire Sessions Presents FLEXX at Slowdive Gallery. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
Dess Dior and DJ Deem at Caior Bistro. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
SALT performs live at Grain. 9:30 pm. Rip it.
Off-Granby! The Musical Starring the Impromptunes at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
Odds & Ends: The Burlesque Show at Reaver Beach NFK. 10:00 pm. Rip it. 
Debo, The Disco Cat, and Ologist perform live at Thank You Thank You Bar. 10:00 pm. Rip it. 
Hey Ma! All R&B All Luv Party at Chicho’s Backstage. 10:00 pm. Rip it.


MacArthur Center Green 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.
Meeting of the Minds: Mental Health Awareness Event at Selden Market. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Rob Oliver performs live at Cova Brewing Company. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Peace & Pints Yoga with Bhav Brigade at Smartmouth Brewery. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Vince Kornegay performs live at Hank’s Filling Station. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Red Cross Blood Drove Pint for Pint at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
PC Duo performs live at Benchtop. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Virginia Stage Company presents Every Brilliant Thing at Wells Theater. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
VBT & TRDance Company Auditions | 2022-2023 Season. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
The Curious Savage performed live at Little Theater of Norfolk. 2:00 pm. Rip it. 
PC Duo performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Jeanette Harris and Althea René perform live at Brother’s. 3:30 pm. Rip it.
Bobbi & Helen School of Dance at Harrison Opera House. 4:00 pm. Rip it. 
A Victorian Cemetery Picnic at Cedar Grove Cemetery. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
Bandaloop aerial performance on the Wells Fargo Building. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
The Sunday Irish Traditional Session at Grace O’Malley’s. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Aoife O’Donovan performs live at Perry Pavilion. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Brian Pinardi performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Pat Garvey performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.

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


Kalamansi Olive Oil Bundt Cake and Guava Mascarpone PopTarts are on the menu at the Layne and Libby’s Popup on Friday. Rip it. 

Cutta’s Kitchen is teaming up with Main Squeeze Juicing Co for a special “Veggies and Herbs” brunch this Sunday. Rip it. 

Apricot Danishes are apropos for all occasions. Grab ’em at La Brioche. Rip it. 

Brickster’s 600 on 35th Street is loading up plates with nothing but the best. Rip it.

It’s Mulberry season and Grandiflora is foraging, flourishing, and forking into the mix. Rip it.

Crudo Nudo is serving up the perfect summer ceviche with baby scallops, avocado, and just a touch of jalapeńo. Rip it.

Birria is still dominating the food trends and El Rey 2 has perfected the art. Rip it. 

Take your date out for the perfect dessert date cake, toffee sauces, and whipped cream at Codex on Granby. Rip it.

Smoke N’ Grease is new to North Colley and churning our brisket, catfish, and ‘all the smoke.’ Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Big Belly Food Truck at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
La Cucina di Sophia at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Gavin Dishes at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.

Sour Street Pizza at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Food Truck Rodeo at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
TFK Taco Bar at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Weng’s Kitchen at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.

Shawna’s Rich Eats at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Amma’s Curry in a Hurry at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Pelican Pete’s Pizza at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Big Belly Food Truck at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 

Paul Stetson Rice

Chelsea, NFK

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.