This week in NFK: Lava MiniFest Returns, Fig Frenzy, Military Circle Mall Plans, and an Original Local Performance at Wells Theater

by | Aug 13, 2021


Three teams proposed plans to redevelop the Military Circle Mall area. Read the details of each plan here. Rip it. 

The City Manager’s office released an update on the state of short-term rentals (Airbnb, Vrbo, etc). (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

The Elizabeth River Project is leveraging interaction mapping to inform decisions with context to disadvantaged communities and the environmental justice issues pertinent to them. Rip it. 

The full extent of former Sheriff Bob McCabe’s kickbacks for contracts are coming to light with new testimony from a former jail vendor. Rip it. 

The number one prospect in the MLB has been promoted to the Tides and will be premiering on $0.50 hot dog night. Rip it. 

Norfolk Olympian Keyshawn Davis has returned home with a well-deserved silver medal. Rip it. 

HRT, Sentara, and Second Calvary Baptist Church are working together to provide vaccinations at the Downtown Norfolk Transit Center. Rip it.  

It’s still too soon to say which of ODU’s three quarterbacks will be starting this fall. Rip it. 

Village Family Outreach is leading school supply collections to make sure students start the year with everything they need. Rip it.

RISE is working with FloodMapp to connect real-time street flooding navigation to Waze to keep drivers informed of flooded streets. Rip it. 

The City of Norfolk is taking on its first “Smart Scale” infrastructure project by improving a stretch of Virginia Beach Blvd. Rip it. 

The extension of the eviction moratorium is proving problematic for organizations looking to house victims of domestic violence. Rip it. 

The 757 is getting another area code. 948 is joining the ranks. Rip it. 

HRT is celebrating 10 years of Tide service this week. Rip it. 

The Norfolk-based USS Gerald Ford has completed its third and final shock trial and is ready for deployment. Rip it. 

NSU Football is energized in summer training, claiming to be ahead of schedule. Rip it. 


LAVA MiniFest is back and better than ever with 10+ musical acts at Toast on September 10th. The event is likely to sell out, get early bird tickets now. Rip it. 

Chrysler Museum has received $225k for the show “Black Orpheus: Jacob Lawrence & the Mbari Club” that explores Nigeria in the post-Independence era. Rip it. 

The Hermitage is remixing its acclaimed Work In Progress exhibit with five performers creating original work inspired by WIP pieces on Friday. Rip it. 

Festevents’ first-ever NashFest 757 features national and local country music acts. Rip it. 

Virginia Stage Company brings Earth Remembers to the Wells Theater featuring original works telling the story of the Tidewater area and amplifying voices of the Black, Indigenous, and Filipino people. Rip it. 

Todd Rosenlieb Dance is bringing two live performances to Granby Street this weekend. Rip it. 

Currently on Display:

Going Places at Nauticus. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it. 

Washed Ashore at Norfolk Botanical Garden (NFK Currents Original). Rip it.  

Work In Progress at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it. 

Alma Thomas teaches us that everything is beautiful at Chrysler Museum. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it. 

Homegrown at CommuneXCrop in the NEON District. Rip it.

Augmented Reality: Art in the Wild! at Barry Art Museum. Rip it. 

Norfolk Republic by Clayton Singleton at Offsite Gallery, MacArthur Center. Rip it. 

Soundwalk by Ellen Reid on the Elizabeth River Trail. Rip it.


The Governor appointed 21 individuals to the newly created LGBTQ+ advisory board. Rip it. 

Made in Norfolk owner Amir Driver is calling for local business inclusion in the Military Circle Mall development plans. Rip it. 

The Hampton Roads Chamber is hosting a networking event with new members at Ikea. Rip it. 

Despite eviction bans in place, some property owners are still forcing tenants out. Rip it. 

Power cost increases were approved by the Virginia SCC as Dominion Energy argues cap and trade will increase costs. Rip it. 

Freedom Boat Club is opening its second Norfolk location at Little Creek Marina. Rip it. 

The legalization of retail marijuana sales may be significantly impacted by the November elections. Rip it. 

Virginia saw a dramatic rise in jobless claims this week. Rip it. 

The Supreme Court of Virginia has extended its declaration of judicial emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic until September 1st. Rip it. 

Where is the housing market cooling in Virginia? Not Norfolk. Rip it.

Regional Economic Stats. Port Stats. Labor Stats.

Norfolk 757 Tote

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**Please note that listed times are start times, many events run several hours**
Norfolk Run Club Meetup at Yorgo’s Bageldashery. 6:00 am. Rip it. 
Sunrise Yoga at the Plot with Skys the Limit Yoga Co. 6:30 am. Rip it.
Aloha Friday’s Mini Market at Cova Brewing. 5:00 pm. Rip it.  
The OGs perform live at Smartmouth Brewery with FM99. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
Jacob Vanko performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Family Fun & Movie Night at TGOV at Ocean View Beach Park. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Night Moves: A Friday Night Market at Selden. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
The Bay Rats performs live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Oscar Night Gold Carpet Gala at the Main. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Performing ART: A Work in Progress Remix at the Hermitage. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Frank Sings Frank at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Fake Uzumi performs live at The Veil Brewing. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Tides vs. Memphis Redbirds at Harbor Park. 7:05 pm. Rip it. 
Va Stage Company presents The Earth Remembers at Wells Theater. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Tales from the Campfire at Push Comedy. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Late Night Ladies Ride departing Smartmouth. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Beth Patterson performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
LittKeys performs live at Waterside District. 9:30 pm. Rip it. 
Teacher’s Pet show at Push Comedy. 10:00 pm. Rip it. 

Big Blue 5K at ODU. 8:00 am. Rip it. 
Saturday Morning Adventure Ride with Local Bike Shop. 8:00 am. Rip it.
East Beach Farmers Market at Shore Drive. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
COVA Moves: Goat Yoga at Cova Brewing. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Coffee + Yoga at Coalescence with Skys the Limit Yoga Co. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Bhav Brigade Yoga at the Plot. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Bike and Brunch at Starving Artist Cafe. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Elation Brewing. 10:30 am. Rip it. 
CannaBalloons presents Legal 420 Sourcing at Brick Anchor Brew House. 4:20 pm. Rip it. 
Paper Aliens Duo perform live at Market on Monarch Way. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
Tre’ Smith performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Chris Morrow performs live at Willougby By The Bay. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Outlaw Kings Duo perform live at Ocean View Fishing Pier. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Liz & Brydge perform live at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Tides vs. Memphis Redbirds at Harbor Park. 7:05 pm. Rip it. 
The Unusual Suspects at Push Comedy. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
TRD & VBT Summer Ensemble Concert at Todd Rosenlieb Dance. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Beth Patterson performs live at Grace O’Malleys. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Karaoke at Cogan’s Ghent. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
DJ Babey Drew at Waterside District. 9:30 pm. Rip it. 


Sunday Dogs Days at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
August Craft Fair at Riverview Village. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Ice Cream Sundays with Lolly’s Creamery at Smartmouth Brewing. 2:00 pm. Rip it. 
Chris Ride performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
TRD & VBT Summer Ensemble Concert at Todd Rosenlieb Dance. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
Kelly and Anna perform live at Reavers Beach NFK. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
Red Stapler performs live at Ocean View Fishing Pier. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Tides vs. Memphis Redbirds at Harbor Park. 4:05 pm. Rip it. 
South Side Little Big Band at Ocean View Beach Park. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Improvageddon: Original Rules at Push Comedy Theater. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Get a daily rundown of events on our Daily Instagram Story.


Kobro’s Coffee is slinging a fig agave craft latte all weekend. Rip it. 

LeGrand is getting in on the fig game with a gluten-free fig cake. Rip it. 

Pork belly and fig compote at Syd’s FishPig Cafe is really showing off their culinary skills. Rip it.

Empowered Plant Cakes is serving Raspberry Lemon Fig cakes that are not just vegan but gluten-free and have zero refined sugar. Rip it. 

Nashville Hot better watch out, there’s a new chicken sandwich taking over. The Norfolk Drip at My Mama’s Kitchen. Rip it

Macaroni Bar? Macaroni Bar. Every event needs one of Bar-Q’s smack and cheese bars. Rip it. 

The Ten Top is known for its incredible soups and sandwiches so you already know this panko chicken sandwich with pimento cheese is going to be next level. Rip it. 

Virginia Cheese Company has a whole picnic basket ready for spontaneous outdoor dining at any of Norfolk’s lovely parks. Rip it. 

Food Truck Sightings:
Unami Dogs & Kona Shave Ice at Cova Brewing. Rip it. 
The Chicken Coop at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
DC Smoothies at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it. 
Sour Street Pizza at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it. 
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 

Vang’s Sushi at Cova Brewing. Rip it. 
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 
Avocargo at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
Hadassah’s Grill at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it. 
Get Stuffed & Big Belly at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it. 

Crudo Nudo traveling Paella Party at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
Chesapeak Concessions at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Flavor Savor BBQ at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it. 
Ghost Kitchen & Lolly’s Creamery at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
PDS Street Tacos at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it. 

Paul Stetson Rice

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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. Go Hokies!

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