This week in NFK: Halloweekend, Witch Shops, Election Day, Elephant in the Room, Octopus in the Kitchen & more.

by | Oct 29, 2021

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Six One-Off Cover Bands
Performing Beastie Boys, Paramore, Earth, Wind, & Fire, and more.
Saturday, October 30th. 5:00 pm.
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Community. 

Election Day is Tuesday and you can get to the polls fare-free thanks to HRT. Rip it. 

Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin are statistically tied in the latest polling on the race for Governor. Rip it. 

Local elections on the ballot Tuesday include Commonwealth’s Attorney, Sheriff, Commissioner of Revenue, Treasurer, and Special Election for City Council Superward 7. Several races remain uncontested. Rip it.

Residents in Superward 7 have a historic choice between 6 candidates. Rip it.  

Pharrell and Kamala Harris hit Norfolk to campaign for Terry McAuliffe. Rip it. 

An emphasis on “election integrity” by Republicans appears to be inspiring a wave of conservative poll watchers in Tuesday’s election. Rip it. 

The results of Tuesday’s City Council meeting can be found here. Rip it.  

Five Points, one of the most traffic intersections in Norfolk, is set for resurfacing project that will last through mid-2022. Rip it. 

Retail sales of marijuana could come to Virginia earlier than expected while debate continues on the role of current medical dispensaries. Rip it. 

In an effort to promote regional unity, Pharrell hosted the “Elephant in the Room” panel with local and national business leaders. Rip it

MEAC, which holds its annual basketball tournament in Norfolk, named its first woman Commissioner this week. Congrats Sonja Stills. Rip it. 

Despite news of a conference realignment, ODU Football remains focused on winning games. Rip it. 

Some local candidates are calling for stronger enforcement of campaign finance reporting. Rip it. 

Great White sharks are in congregating in the region as they undertake their annual migration. Rip it. 

A committee of four Black leaders presented City Council with a plan of action to reduce economic disparities in the community during Council’s annual retreat. Rip it. 

The Admirals season is underway and games are on the books at Scope. Rip it. 

Culture.

Six one-off cover bands are performing the music of the Backstreet Boys, Paramore, the Beastie Boys, Earth, Wind & Fire, the B-52s, and the Yeah Yeah Yeah at the LAVA Halloween Extravaganza. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

The  Hermitage teams up with Virginia Stage Company for an incredible immersive theater experience. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

ICYMI: This week at the Norva saw back-to-back rock shows headlined by GWAR and Bad Religion. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

There’s an open call for submissions for “Keeping History Above Water: Norfolk” coming to the Chrysler in May 2022. Rip it. 

Take a master class in Contemporary Dance with Bellamy Eure and the TR Dance crew. Rip it. 

There’s a new 8-foot tall oyster-like mosaic sculpture coming to Ocean View Beach Park. Rip it. 

Billie Holiday is the center of the show at Attucks Theater this weekend. Rip it. 

The Virginia Stage Company has two shows running: Dear Jack, Dear Louise, and Hold These Truths. Rip it.

Little Theatre of Norfolk opens its 95th Season with Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband.” Rip it.

Perfect for Halloween, the Garbage Horror Show at MacArthur Mall is set in 2854. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

Currently on Display:
Washed Ashore at Norfolk Botanical Garden. (LAST WEEKEND) Rip it.  
Sauce: 2021 ODU Art Alumni Exhibition at Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery. Rip it. 
Life and Limb: Works by Matt Sesow at Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery. Rip it. 
Fence Street Gallery in the NEON District. Rip it.
Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers at Chrysler Museum. Rip it. 
Pier Luigi Nervi: Art and Science of Building at Chrysler Museum. Rip it. 
If You Thirst for a Homeland: Flame-worked glass at Chrysler Museum. Rip it. 
Karen LaMonte: Théâtre de la Mode at Barry Art Museum. Rip it. 
Awash in Color at Gallery 21. (LAST WEEKEND) Rip it. 

Commerce.

These ten witchy shops in Norfolk will help you prepare for a proper Hallow’s Eve. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

Two Norfolk businesswomen have crafted the most relaxing spot in town with their “self-care sanctuary.” (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

As vaccine mandates take hold, nearly all of Sentara’s 29,000 employees have met the requirements. Rip it. 

The U.S.’s first offshore wind turbine factory is set to call the region home as Siemens Gamesa announces an $8 billion project. Rip it. 

Norfolk-based, Visual Vibes, launched a Kickstarter to help fund their reactive lighting product. Rip it. 

Convergence 2021, a conference of local business leaders, is promoting the idea of a ‘megaregion’ connecting the 757 and Richmond. Rip it.

Patriotic Festival organizers indicate that the move to Norfolk was motivated by changes in cancellation insurance policies, not local politics. Rip it. 

Breeze Airways is investing in long-haul flying, which is expected to bring new destinations to ORF. Rip it. 

Downtown’s former Farm Fresh space has been sold to TCC for $2 million. Rip it. 

The former Willis building was demolished ahead of continued work in the St. Paul’s area. Rip it.

Real Estate professionals may be eyeing turning vacant office space into residential units. Rip it. 

Regional Economic Stats. Port Stats. Labor Stats. Airport Stats.

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Crowds.

**Please note that listed times are start times, many events run several hours**

All Weekend:
Play Norfolk’s Garbage Horror Show at Macarthur Center. Rip it.

Friday: 
NFK Run Club meetup at Yorgos. 6:00 am. Rip it.
Spooky Sunrise Yoga + Coffee On the River with Skys The Limit. 6:30 am. Rip it.
Happy Hour Wine Tasting at Vino Culture Wine Shop. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Haunted Norfolk Tour at Moses Myers House. 5:30 pm. Rip it.
Masquerade with The Heart Stompers in Ghent. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Steve Link performs live at Cova Brewing Co. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Hooks & Hop Meetup at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Black and Gold perform live at Maker’s Craft Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Reading with Renewed Vision at the Main. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
BJ Griffin and Jason Brown perform live at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Night School Immersive Theater Show at the Hermitage Museum. 7:20 pm & 8:30 pm. Rip it.
“Lady Day at Emerson’s” at Attucks Theater. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Jordan Davis performs live at The Norva. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Hold These Truths by Virginia Stage Company at Wells Theater. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Rocky Horror Picture Show at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Goth Night at 37th & Zen. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Blood Brothers at Generic Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
The 666 Project: Horror Anthology at Push Comedy. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
An Ideal Husband at The Little Theater of Norfolk. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
HallowQueens Drag Show at Waterside District. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Conor Malone performs live at Grace O’Malley’s 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Die On Top with Heir Wave & DOT at Slowdive Gallery. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Here’s To The Night performs live at Waterside District. 9:30 pm. Rip it.
DJ St. James performs live at Grain. 9:30 pm. Rip it.
The Improv Riot After Dark live at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

Saturday: 
COVA Moves: Pure Barre at Cova Brewing Co. 8:30 am. Rip it.
East Beach Farmer’s Market at 9680 Shore Drive. 8:30 am. Rip it.
Public Art Dedication at Ocean View Beach Park. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Trick-or-Treat Carnival at Slover Library & Selden Market. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Big Forest Fire performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Community Gentle Yoga with Vic in Ocean View. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Boos and Booze Halloween Mini Market at Reaver Beach NFK. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Two-Point Conversion with Elation Brewing and Reaver Beach Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
757 Creative Reuse Center Halloween Party. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live at Norfolk Scope. 12:30 pm & 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Hold These Truths by Virginia Stage Company at Wells Theater. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Inside Out Youth Art Course at LGBT Life Center. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
For Whom the Bells Toll at Elmwood Cemetery. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
ERT Halloween Puppy Parade in Chelsea. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Blood Brothers performed live at Generic Theater. 2:30 pm & 8:00 pm. Rip it.
“Lady Day at Emerson’s” at Attucks Theater. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Letting the Dead Rest in Peace at Cedar Grove Cemetery. 4:30 pm. Rip it.
LAVA Halloween Extravaganza at Toast. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Greg Thomas performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Connor Pittman performs live at Cova Brewing Company. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Fox and The Bear perform live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
CarnEvil Halloween Party at Waterside District. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
100 Gecs performs live at The Norva. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
The 666 Project: Horror Anthology at Push Comedy. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Granby Theater Monster Mash Halloween Party. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
An Ideal Husband at The Little Theater of Norfolk. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Conor Malone performs live at Grace O’Malley’s 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Halloween Spooktacular 2021 at MJ’s Tavern. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
DJ Mista Nice performs live at Grain. 9:30 pm. Rip it.
Sunnyside Collective Halloween Party at Slowdive Gallery. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
Improvageddon: Battle of the Samhain 6 at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
House of 1000 Corsets live performance at Reaver Beach. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

Sunday:

Sunday Dog Days at Norfolk Botanical Gardens. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Halloween Hangover Costume Bike Ride with Local Bike Shop. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Kevin Brinson performs live at Waterside District. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Peace & Pints Bhav Brigade Yoga at Smartmouth. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live at Scope Arena. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Rob Oliver performs live at Hank’s Filling Station. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Hold These Truths by Virginia Stage Company at Wells Theater. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Blood Brothers performed at Generic Theater. 2:30 pm. Rip it.
“Lady Day at Emerson’s” at Attucks Theater. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Chris Ride performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewing. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
A Bended Light Halloween at Elation Brewing. 5:30 pm. Rip it.
The Expendables perform live at the Norva. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Dear Jack, Dear Louise by Virginia Stage Company at Wells Theatre. 5:30 pm. Rip it.
The 666 Project: Horror Anthology at Push Comedy. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
The Michael Blackson Halloween Comedy Extravaganza at Chrysler Hall. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
DJ Joe Fu performs live at Grain. 9:30 pm. Rip it.
Reggae Lou and the Kind Budz perform live at Chicho’s Backstage. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

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Chow.

Dazzle all your friends and family with a whole pumpkin-shaped loaf of pumpkin brioche at La Brioche. Rip it.

Creatures from the deep? Blanca cooks up octopus the ”old school Italian way.” Rip it.

Watch out Snow White. Cure’s Poison Apple Latte has us all on that evil queen energy. Rip it.

Luce is pairing up a breaded veal tenderloin with house-made ricotta, house-made mozzarella, and caciocavallo. Sheesh. Rip it.

Thanksgiving is almost here. You can get a full vegan lineup whipped up by Sense’s Vegan Comfort Food. Rip it.

Get the full tray full of tacos and the margs at El Rey #2 on Little Creek. Rip it.

Hell’s Kitchen has the best Halloween decorations downtown and they’re gunning for the best fries too. Rip it.

Norfolk-distilled bourbon? Yeah, that’s a thing. Check out Reverend Spirits. Rip it.

The Blackdog Cafe is bringing some real home-style cooking to the neighborhood. Rip it.

Fried Flounder and Old Bay Fries have landed in OV. This is not a drill. Rip it.

Hot Spiced Cider is back on the Toast menu for those impending chilly nights. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Friday:
Luva Bowls at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Lumpia King by Gavin Dishes at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Pitt County BBQ at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.

Saturday:
Sense’s Vegan Comfort Food at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Sour Street Pizza at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Capt’n Crabby at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Chesapeake Concessions at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it.

Sunday:
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Hashi Chow at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Get Stuffed at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Lucky Lucas Empanadas at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.

Paul Stetson Rice

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Paul is the creator of NFKVA.com. 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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