This Week in NFK: Hiring Processes, History, Hopping, Harbor Park, Heritage, and more.

by | Apr 7, 2023

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Some locals are concerned about Norfolk’s new Police Chief being chosen outside of the publicly promoted application and interview process. Rip it. 

The Norfolk Branch of the NAACP has formally called for the “immediate discontinuation of the current hiring process” for the new Police Chief. Rip it.

Mark Talbot, Norfolk’s new Police Chief and former Chief of Hampton Police, promises citizens, “I will not let you down.” Rip it. 

Some Norfolk Police Officers are saying that they hope the new Police Chief will focus on boosting morale. Rip it. 

Soctty Quixx confirmed that the bar will not reopen after City Council revoked the business’s CUP last year. Rip it. 

The City Manager’s proposed budget includes $5 million in funds for flooding mitigation. Rip it. 

For the fifth year in a row, Norfolk took the top spot for sea-level rise risk on the East Coast. Rip it. 

The Norfolk SPCA is celebrating 130 years. The organization began by advocating for working horses in the city. Rip it. 

HRT will be offering free fare rides for Earth Day on April 21st. Rip it. 

The Tides will be playing as the “Norfolk Lumpia” this Saturday in recognition of Filipino Heritage. Rip it. 

City Cruises Norfolk has renamed the Spirit of Mount Vernon to “The Spirit” in an effort to replace the Spirit of Norfolk. Rip it. 

Virginia is increasingly relying on provisional teacher licenses to fill teacher vacancies. Rip it. 

Congressman Scott announced $3 million in federal funds for streetlight upgrades in Norfolk. Rip it. 

The military is concerned over surging obesity in active duty members. Rip it. 



Visit Norfolk, Sway Media, and Nomarama are back with season 3 of City With Bite. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

LAVA Minifest, with eight plus musical acts, is taking over Toast next weekend. Rip it.

Local music legend Chad Hugo threw the first pitch for the Tides’ opening day this week. Rip it.

Don’t miss the new mural on Boush Street. Rip it.

Prime Minister David Cameron will be speaking at the Norfolk Forum next month. Rip it.

Several local artists are featured in the YELLOW and Coastal Edge collaboration to design skate decks. Rip it. 

Khi Infinite dropped a new single: “Lights Please,” featuring Pusha T and Chase B. Rip it. 

Smartmouth hosts a SITW Pregame with Norf MSN, Gemz 757, Marv P, Andre Love, and more. Rip it.

Who Is Boo Williams, a documentary exploring the local basketball legend, is set to come later this year. Rip it.

Get Well Soon is showcasing Afrobeats in its upcoming yoga flow. Rip it. 

Acid Dad stops at Smartmouth’s Warehouse on their national tour later this month. Rip it.

TCC’s production of Steel Magnolias starts next week. Rip it. 

Currently on Display:
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.
Still Jaybird Photography: Black & White Street Photography on display at The Gallery At Elation. Rip it.
Timeless Art in a Changing World at Gallery 21. Rip it.
“Blue Musings” by Hanna Kirby at Offsite Gallery. Rip it.



Learn the story behind the Book Exchange, the go-to shop for used books, records, and tapes. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

Norfolk’s RISE announced five winners of their challenge to cut flood insurance premiums. Rip it. 

Virginians wagered $433M on sports betting in February, a 7.9% increase from last year. Rip it.

Scott Adams, managing director of Colliers International, moved to Harbor Group International to take a role as Senior Vice President of Investor Relations. Rip it.

PRINCO, which announced a large investment in an 80,000 sq ft facility in Norfolk, will produce mainly healthcare and PPE products. Rip it.

Mortgage rates are stabilizing, and price growth is cooling, but there’s little relief for prospective home buyers. Rip it.

The decommissioning of four Navy ships based in the region is raising concerns over the loss of local jobs. Rip it.

Huntington Ingalls Industries, one of the largest employers in the region, won a $1.3 billion contract modification amid internal Pentagon feuding. Rip it.

Breeze Airways is adding fall flights to its ticket sale, with prices starting at $39 for flights leaving ORF. Rip it.

ODU is one of several local higher education institutions to win funding for research projects focused on maritime industry needs. Rip it. 

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This weekend, Tidewater Burners are hopping around Chelsea for a bunny bar crawl. Rip it.

The Virginia Zoo is hosting an adult night with drinks, a DJ, and food trucks on April 15th. Rip it.

Hellzapoppin, a circus sideshow, is coming to Granby Theater next week. Rip it.

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

Downtown Norfolk and Festevents are partnering for a Sundown Social next Thursday. Rip it.

Just announced: Norfunk Fest returns this June. Rip it.

Ocean View Sports announced its inaugural Mermaid Sports Series. Rip it.

Assembly is hosting a tarot and restorative writing workshop on Tuesday. Rip it.

Next Weekend: Norfolk Master Gardener’s spring plant sale. Rip it. 

Norfolk Run Club Friday Meetup at Yorgo’s Bageldashery. 6:00 am. Rip it
tHRive Member Meetup April at Coalescence Coffee Company. 7:30 am. Rip it
Awadagin Pratt’s Master Class at Wilder Performing Arts Center. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Ghent Farmers Market Grand Opening at Blair Middle. 4:00 pm.  Rip it
Hylas M47 Pop-Up Event at Waterside Marina. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
U-Nite: Bébé & The World’s Fair at Barry Art Museum. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Friday Night Live at Cova Brewing Company. 5:00 pm. Rip it
Greek Night at Harbor Park. 5:30 pm. Rip it.
Painting with Goats at Cova Brewing Company. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Talisman Making at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Elated for the Marathon at Elation Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Amy Kaus performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
SALT performs live at Ocean View Pier. 6:00pm. Rip it.
Comedy Night at Granby Theater. 6:30 pm. Rip it
Bad Movie Night (Green Slime) at Michael and Kimthanh Lê Planetarium. 6:30 pm. Rip it
Norfolk Tides vs. Gwinnett Stripers at Harbor Park. 6:35 pm. Rip it
757 Makerspace: April NFK First Friday Open House. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Silverstein performs live at The NorVA. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Class with Kiera: Wines of Washington State at Vino Culture. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Norfolk Admirals vs. Reading Royals at Norfolk Scope. 7:05 pm. Rip it
New Playwrights Festival – Another Side of Love\/Time’s Up at ODU Rep Theatre. 7:30 pm. Rip it
Friday Night Magic: Commander at Atlantis Games & Comics. 7:30 pm. Rip it
RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party at The Wave. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Hamilton at Chrysler Hall. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Black Jacket Symphony Presents Tom Petty’s ‘Full Moon Fever’ at Harrison Opera House. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Love Me Tinder: A Matchmaking Improv Show at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Vitreous Theater with Grace Whiteside at The Chrysler Museum of Art. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Gabriel Donohue performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Empire Records *Flashback Friday!* at Naro Cinema. 9:15 pm. Rip it
3 on 3 Improv Tournament – The Elite Eight at Push Comedy Theater. 10:30 pm. Rip it

Sky’s The Limit Yoga at Coalescence. 9:00 am. Rip it
Send It Saturday Morning Group Ride at East Coast Bicycles. 8:00 am. Rip it
Plum Point Park Beautification on the ERT. 10:00 am. Rip it
Writers Coffee Break at Cafe Stella. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Fabric Hut’s Easter Egg Hunt. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Live Life Fresh Boom Box Bike Ride at Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it
Yoga for Athletes at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 10:45 am. Rip it
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Elation Brewing. 11:00 am. Rip it.
The OV Beach Tavern: Puppy Pics with the Easter Bunny. 11:00 am. Rip it
COVA Moves: Pure Barre. 11:00 am. Rip it
Filipino American Heritage Day Vendor Market at Selden Market. 11:00 am. Rip it
Easter Egg Coloring with Mike and Getie at MJ’s Tavern. 11:00 am. Rip it
Seascape Terrarium Workshop at Nauticus. 11:00 am. Rip it
Monarch Chess Club Spring 2023 Monarch Open. 11:30 pm. Rip it.
PLANT PARTY – A Plant Norfolk x Reaver NFK Event. 1:00 pm. Rip it
6th Annual Bunny Brew Ha Hop at Chelsea Business District. 1:00 pm.Rip it
Battle Spirits Saga Demo Day at Atlantis Games & Comics. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Teens With A Purpose Herban Farmers’ Pop-Up Market. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Intro to Business Model Canvas at Percolator. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Hamilton at Chrysler Hall. 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Peeps Diorama Contest at Smartmouth Beer. 2:00 pm. Rip it
HOPpy Spring Market at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 2:00 pm. Rip it
Hoppy Pong Charity Tournament at The OV Beach Tavern. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Inside Access Tour: Churches of Downtown Norfolk at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 2:00 pm. Rip it
Paul and Chris perform live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Sensory Analysis Workshop at VIA design. 4:00 pm. Rip it
Crazy DJ Music Bingo at Hank’s Filling Station. 4:30 pm. Rip it.
Mike Gombas performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Luck & Money Oil Making at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Norfolk Admirals v Reading Royals at Norfolk Scope. 6:05 pm. Rip it
Saturday Night Yugioh at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:30 pm. Rip it
The Bay Rats perform live at Elation Brewing. 6:30 pm. Rip it
Norfolk Tides vs. Gwinnett Stripers at Harbor Park. 6:35 pm. Rip it.
Swing Dancing at Coalescence. 6:45 pm. Rip it.
80’s\/90’s Drag Show: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun AT O’Connor Brewing. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Joselyn Best & The Soulful Sounds Band perform live at Boss Queens. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Cabaret Dinner Theater with Feral Showgirls at 37th & Zen. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
MOER Acoustic performs live at Boil Bay Seafood. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Chase Rice performs live at The NorVA. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
2nd Annual Pink Tie Gala at Masonic Temple. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
The Unusual Suspects: An Improvised Murder Mystery at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Gabriel Donohue performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Striptease Time Machine: 1970’s at the Venue on 35th. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Wheel of Boy Bar Night at MJ’s Tavern. 9:00 pm. Rip it
Grad Show: Standup Comedy 101 at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it
UFC 287: Pereira vs. Adesanya 2 at Waterside District. 10:00 pm. Rip it

Adult Easter Egg Hunt at Hank’s Filling Station. 10:00 am. Rip it
Adult-Only Easter Egg Hunt at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 11:30 am. Rip it
Slow-Mo Sunday Group Ride at Local Bike Shop NFK. 10:30 am. Rip it
DYE HARD Adult Easter Egg Hunt at Reaver NFK. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Sky’s the Limit. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Privateer Press Game Night at Atlantis Games & Comics. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Norfolk Tides vs. Gwinnett Stripers at Harbor Park. 12:05 pm. Rip it
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Sunday Funday: Board Game Night at COVA. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Weekly Pokemon League at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it
MTG Modern Sunday at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Hamilton at Chrysler Hall. 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Reiki Level 1 Certification Class at Aries Apothecary. 3:00 pm. Rip it
Blue’s Jam at Cova Brewing Company. 3:00 pm. Rip it
Dry Land performs live at Maker’s Craft. 3:30 pm. Rip it
Music Bingo at Reaver Beach NFK. 4:00 pm. Rip it
K Camp performs live at The NorVA. 7:30 pm. Rip it



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

Razzo is bringing Italian heritage to an incredible historic firehouse. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

First peak at lunch from the Codex kitchen. Rip it. 

Espresso Tonics and warm sunny days are the perfect combo. Rip it.

$6 Chicken sandy with fries? Killer deal at Our Peoples. Rip it.

Ocean View Fishing Pier is serving up a nacho dog, and it’s barking up the right tree. Rip it.

Commune Provisions is serving up the Asparagus Tartine with a house-made Hollandaise. Rip it.

There’s no way to avoid being cheerful with the colorful spring cocktails from Stockpot. Rip it. 

 Come for the tacos, stay for the blueberry cheesecake parfait from Lolas. Rip it.

Easter pies from La Brioche are just what the bunny ordered. Rip it.

Get your eggs sunny side up with a sunny smile at Glass Light Hotel. Rip it.

Lamb Chops at Prime 255 are looking luscious. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Weng’s Kitchen at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Boomerang Dishes at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it.
Hades Wood Fired at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Lil Aunties at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.
Bakehouse Pizza at Elation Brewing. Rip it.

Boomerang Dishes at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it.
Team Fat Kid & Ghost Kitchen at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Moontide at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
757 Laos Street Food at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.
Bakehouse Pizza at Elation Brewing. Rip it.

Boomerang Dishes at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Smokin’ J’s at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it.
JMT Vegan Eats at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.
Bakehouse Pizza at Elation Brewing. 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.