This week in NFK: Juneteenth, Pride, State Budgets, Primaries, Za, Scorn, Gwar, and more.

by | Jun 17, 2022

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NRHA’s Hampton Roads Ventures has $43 million in tax credits that it has not assigned and may be available to Norfolk-based projects despite little action by the group to market them locally. Rip it.

NRHA is accelerating efforts to improve conditions for residents at Young Terrace, Tidewater Gardens, and other neighborhoods it manages. Rip it.

Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Ramin Fatehi says he “noticed a very alarming pattern” of misdemeanor gun crimes predicting violent gun crime in Norfolk’s crime data. The Commonwealth provides the office with no funding to prosecute those misdemeanors. Rip it.

The Newark Street Team, a group contracted by the City of Norfolk, presented City Council with a plan to train people as interventionists, outreach workers, and victim advocates. Rip it.

Sentara Norfolk General is leveraging its “Foresight” program to tackle issues contributing to gun violence after a patient leaves the hospital. Rip it.

West Ghent Civic League received a briefing on the Fairwinds development coming to the railyard behind Chelsea, which included an option for a large mixed-use development around a parking garage. Rip it.  

​​Cruise passengers are at odds with the City of Norfolk, Norfolk 
Police, and a contracted security firm after security at a long-term parking lot was ineffective for dozens of passengers. Rip it.

HRT is seeking citizen input on a proposed 2-mile u-turn extension of the Tide to Military Circle. Rip it. Rip it.

The Tide carried a record number of people for the 2022 Harborfest this past weekend. Rip it.

Norfolk Public Schools is requesting feedback from parents and guardians in a new school climate survey. Rip it.

The Virginia budget is still not finalized as Governor Youngkin requests dozens of changes to the bill, including a gas tax holiday. Rip it.

Backchannel negotiations and closed-door discussions added the new misdemeanor crime for cannabis possession to the state budget bill. Rip it.

The Virginia Board of Education was deeply critical of a report from the Youngkin administration on student achievement. Rip it.

A new lawsuit once again raises the possibility of House of Delegates elections this fall. Rip it.

Two potential challengers to Rep Bobby Scott face off in the Republican primary on June 21st. Rip it.

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission wants to shorten the season for most types of crab fishing in 2023 as populations in the Chesapeake Bay decline. Rip it.  

A new study found that Virginia could lose 43 percent of its tidal wetlands to sea-level rise. Rip it.

ODU ranked 5th in the U.S. for reducing inequalities among its students. Rip it.

The Salvation Army and CMA CGM provided nearly 200 free bikes to children in need across the region. Rip it.


Roberto Lugo, an acclaimed artist, activist, educator, and poet, showcases his hand-thrown ceramics at Hermitage Museum and Garden through the summer. (NFK Currents Original Video) Rip it. 

Norfolk is set to receive a public art piece commemorating the end of Massive Resistance, which featured prominently in Norfolk history. Rip it. 

Two ODU students won ADDY awards for their graphic design work. Rip it. 

Kigna Scott, the local artist behind the song Fast Food Life, is set to drop a new single with Pusha T on Friday in partnership with Visit Virginia. Rip it.

Tyler Donavan dropped his own verse on Pharrell’s latest banger “Cash In Cash Out.” Rip it.

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

The Foster Beauty Fashion Show comes to the Assembly Rooftop in early July. Rip it.
The best ladies behind the turntables get together for Ladies Underground at Slowdive next weekend. Rip it.

The music of Fake Uzumi, Mack, Coco Mamba, Artel Carter, Blvkchndz, Skuzii, and Blacksheep Blaze will grace the ears of attendees at Juneteenth Solstice Festival at Smartmouth. Rip it. 

Al-Doms and Pusha T teamed up for the new single HAHA, out now on streaming services. Rip it.

Currently on Display:
The Totality of Time Lusters the Dusk at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
MC Escher: Infinite Variations 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.
Oil Paintings by Rick Seguso at Gallery 21. Rip it.
Roberto Lugo: Pottery With Purpose. Rip it


Quixotic Arts is Riverview’s cabinet of curiosities taking on retail with wide-ranging merchandise from vintage medical instruments to local art that skews towards odd. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.  

Pharrell Williams’ YELLOWHAB is working with Cisco to bring technology like WiFi-6 and DNA Spaces to the new inclusive micro-school. Rip it. 

DroneUp, a locally-based drone flight services provider that partners with Walmart, signed a significant deal with FlightOps for a multi-drone operating system. Rip it. 

Applications for 757 Accelerate, which awards a $20K grant to each company, close this weekend. Rip it.  

Fitness Junkie Gym in Norfolk is combining mental and physical health in its approach to fitness. Rip it.  

ABNB Federal Credit Union announced the closing of several branches and relocating others. Rip it.

Virginia Innovation Partnership Corp. announced that it had provided more than $950,000 in funds to 15 businesses for commercializing high-potential technologies. Rip it. 

JLARC, the General Assembly’s legislative research department, found that tax breaks for research and development have largely been ineffective. Rip it.

Old Dominion is adding a school of logistics, maritime operations, and supply chain as the local industry continues to expand. Rip it. 

American Tire Distributors paid $9 million for a 100,000+ sq ft warehouse in Norfolk’s Industrial Park. Rip it. 

Attorney Sharon Goodwyn was elected Sharon Goodwyn as chair of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation Board of Directors. Rip it. 

Two Norfolk Naval Shipyard workers found a connection, as the work of one had saved the other’s life in 2005. Rip it.

Unemployment claims are still historically very low despite ongoing economic turmoil. Rip it.

Data from last year shows that multifamily construction is at its highest level in nearly 20 years. Rip it.

Economists at ODU say local consumers and businesses should expect inflation to continue through 2022. Rip it.

Cutta’s Kitchen, a Park Place breakfast spot, gets to fulfill its 2020 plans of being at SITW this weekend with a trip to DC for the festival. Rip it. 

Regional Economic Stats. Port Stats. Labor Stats.

Historic Freemason District Sticker

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Great Scott! It’s the real Brad Majors! Rocky Horror Picture Show comes to Maker’s Craft Brewery with Barry Bostwick of the original cast. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

Smartmouth brings back their Juneteenth Solstice celebration this weekend with a showcase of Black musicians, businesses, chefs, and beauty. Rip it.

Town Point Park hosts the 2nd Annual Juneteenth in the Park this weekend with cultural outreach, family-friendly activities, health & financial wellness & education, music, presentations, and more. Rip it. 

Benchtop hosts Scornfest on Saturday featuring their finest mermaid beers, double food trucks, and several vendors. Rip it. 

Next Sunday, the Hampton Roads Reproductive Equity Alliance is hosting a Speak Out Rally at Lafayette Park. Rip it. 

Dazed and Hopfuzed IPA Fest with 10 breweries showing off their favorite IPAs takes over the Reaver Beach NFK lot next weekend. Rip it. 

PrideFest returns to Town Point Park on the 25th for one of Virginia’s largest celebrations of the LGBT community. Rip it.

Sunnyside Collective is getting the gang together for a Nautical Nonsense cruise on July 9th. Rip it. 

**Please note that listed times are start times, many events run several hours**
Norfolk Run Club meetup at Yorgo’s. 6:00 am. Rip it. 
Sunrise Yoga + Coffee on the River with Sky’s the Limit Yoga Co. 6:30 am. Rip it
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Slover Library. 9:30 am. Rip it.
Ghent Farmer’s Market at Blair Middle School. 4:00 pm. Rip it
Friday Happy Hour Wine Tasting with Vino Culture. 4:00 pm. Rip it. 
Porch Popup Vendor Market at Eleanor’s Book and Bottle Shop. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Star Wars: A New Hope showing at Naro Cinema. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
The Heard perform live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Eric Darius performs live at Brothers. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Red Stapler Duo performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
La’Quan Nock (Gifted Hands) performs live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Hooks & Hops perform live at Benchtop. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
The Beauty in Death: The Headstone Symbols of Elmwood. 6:30 pm. Rip it. 
Family Twilight Trek at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Black History on the ERT: Juneteenth Walking Tour departing Waterside Marina. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Full Moon Soundbath at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Tides vs Syracuse Mets at Harbor Park. 7:05 pm. Rip it. 
The JAM! Improv Show at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Disko Freq with 4 DJs and vendors at Slowdive Gallery. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
The Princess Bride showing at Naro Cinema. 9:15 pm. Rip it.
Brian Grilli performs live at Grain. 9:30 pm. Rip it. 
Harold Night Improv at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

Sent It! Road Ride with East Coast Cycles. 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.
Bhav Brigade Yoga at the Plot. 9:30 am. Rip it.
Drones Exhibit Opening at Nauticus. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Goat Yoga at Cova Brewing. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Live Life Fresh Boom Box Ride with Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it. 
Eric Staab performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Battlechip and Sip at Nauticus. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Juneteenth Solstice Fest with 7 musical acts at Smartmouth Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
2nd Annual Juneteenth in the Park at Town Point Park. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Scorn Fest at Benchtop Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Juneteenth Freedom Festival at Slover Library. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Paul Urban performs live at Cova Brewing. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Mike Gombas Jr performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Family Cookout at Barraud Park. 2:00 pm. Rip it. 

Star Wars: A New Hope showing at Naro Cinema. 2:15 pm. Rip it. 
Cornhole Open Play at Waterside District. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Music Match Bingo at Hank’s Filling Station. 4:30 pm. Rip it.
Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back showing at Naro Cinema. 4:45 pm. Rip it. 
Coastline 95 performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
ZooGrooves with Fusion Groove at the Virginia Zoo. 5:30 pm. Rip it.
Felicia Hoyos performs live at Cova Brewing Company. 5:30 pm. Rip it.
Blind Tasting Basics with Vino Culture. 5:30 pm. Rip it. 
Eric Darius performs live at Brothers. 6:00 & 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Bryan Dunn performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Neptune Groove performs live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Glen Boswick & the Sounds of Swing at Elation Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Mosaic Steel Orchestra Annual Concert at 2nd Calvary Baptist. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Legend City Musical Table Reading at Percolator. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Crowbar Jones performs live at Ocean View Fishing Pier. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Tides vs Syracuse Mets (Fireworks Game) at Harbor Park. 6:35 pm. Rip it.
Monica Live Tour at Chrysler Hall. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Hidden in Plain Sight Preview Event at The Granby Theater. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Father’s Day Comedy Show at New Life Church. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi showing at Naro Cinema. 7:15 pm. Rip it. 
Gwar performs live at The Norva. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Sunset Cinema: The Sandlot at Cova Brewing. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Trouble in Pushville at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Serious Black performs live at Cafe Stella. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Beefcake: Pride Edition at Slowdive Gallery. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Jan & Zane Duo perform live at Grain. 9:30 pm. Rip it. 
Off-Granby: The Musical Improv Show at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it. 


Macarthur Center Pickleball Meetup. 9:30 am. Rip it. 
Slow-Mo Sundays Bike Ride at Local Bike Shop. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Yoga on Tap with Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co at Reaver Beach. 10:45 am. Rip it. 
Tidewater Daylily Show & Sale at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Beth Turner performs live at Cova Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Father’s Day Market at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Elated Craft Market at Elation Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Tides vs Syracuse Mets at Harbor Park. 1:05 pm. Rip it.
Star Wars: A New Hope showing at Naro Cinema. 2:15 pm. Rip it. 
Cody Browning performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
Chesapeake Dance Center performs live at Chrysler Hall. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Eric Darius performs live at Brothers. 3:30 pm & 6:00 pm. Rip it.

Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back showing at Naro Cinema. 4:45 pm. Rip it. 
The Band Camino performing live at The Norva. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Rod Wave & Friends perform live at Chartway Arena. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi showing at Naro Cinema. 7:15 pm. Rip it. 
Brae King performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it.  

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


Lil ‘Za, the latest creation by Ian Hock, has taken over the kitchen at the Veil with the hottest pizzas in town. (NFK Currents Original Video) Rip it. 

Major Phillie is bringing out oxtail cheesesteaks for Juneteenth. Rip it. 

The Birch Bar is featuring beers from Hampton Roads’ first black-owned brewery, 1865 Brewing, this weekend. Rip it. 

Grab rainbow waffles and support the LGBT Life Center down at Mudita Cafe and Coffeehouse. Rip it.

Bar-Q’s PB&J burger won both the judge’s choice and the spectator’s choice award at the Cova Battle of the Burgers with its sweet, spicy, savory, and salty combos. Rip it. 

Flippin’ Hangry is rolling up to Ghent Farmers Market with all your Filipino favorites. Rip it. 

O’s Donuts has reopened under the new management of two recent JMU grads Ally Amory and Emily Walton. Rip it. 

Baklava is Back! Norfolk Greek Fest announced its return coming October 22nd. Rip it. 

Smoke N Grease is now delivering classics like fried catfish on white bread and smoked chicken wings to Reaver Beach Brewing on select days. Rip it.

It’s fitting that the combination gallery restaurant, the Glasslight Hotel, has a desert as stunning as the cherry entrement. Rip it. 

Strawberry Lavender Earl Grey syrup is waiting on you at Cure Coffeehouse. Rip it. 

Blanca Food + Wine added a tuna carpaccio with zucchini Carolina Gold rice and smoked paprika to their summer menu and it is perfect for the season. Rip it.

Beat the heat with a Sobolo drink or Pineapple Ginger Juice from Yendidi. Rip it.
Food Truck Sightings:
Vangs VA at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
La Cucina Di Sophia at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Weng’s Kitchen at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Burrito Perdido at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.

Big Belly Food Truck at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Weng’s Kitchen at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Burrito Perdido at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Hades Wood Fired Pizza & Rio Good Food at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.

Hades Wood Fired Pizza at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Crop Circle Gourmet at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Miami Fusion at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner 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.