This week in NFK: LAVA triple shows, First Fridays returns, local athletes moving up, apple-pie filled fried churros, and more.

by | Jul 30, 2021


The City of Norfolk is financing capital improvements across the city by selling $74.2 million in general obligation bonds. Rip it. 

How zoning restrictions are hurting the development of missing middle housing in Virginia. Rip it. 

You can leave your input on Virginia’s Coastal Resilience Master Plan. Rip it. 

The Military Circle Mall mass vaccination clinic is here to stay after health department leaders determined to extend it through the month of August. Rip it. 

Former School Board vice-chairman Rodney Jordan is siding with plaintiffs in a lawsuit who say Norfolk’s plan to move people out of public housing will further divide the city. Rip it. 

Community members in Norfolk gathered together for a good, old-fashioned community cookout and to talk about ways to minimize community violence. Rip it. 

ODU hosted one of the Virginia Redistricting Commission’s public hearings this week. Rip it. 

Community Letter: Norfolk needs answers on the state of it’s recreation centers and parks. Rip it.

Norfolk’s Keyshawn Davis took his first-round fight in Tokyo. Rip it.  

The Tides are back in Harbor Park for a string of games after losing 13 of 14 recent games on the road. Rip it. 

A mother and daughter were both assigned to the Norfolk-based USS Gerald Ford for the ship’s second shock trials. Rip it. 

Matt Coleman, Maury High standout and current U of Texas basketball player, is up in the NBA Draft this week. Rip it. 


First Fridays return next week covering 16 blocks and featuring drinks from your favorite downtown bars. Rip it. 

The LAVA Summer of Fun is bringing 3 shows to Maker’s Craft Brewery this weekend. Rip it. 

Norfolk’s Jazz Festival at Town Point Park is back for its 38th year. Rip it. 

Don’t miss Victorian Pastimes: Games of Yesteryear an extensive collection of puzzles and board games at the Hunter House Victorian Museum. Rip it. 

Old Dominion University will be offering free DJ classes with DJ Rick Geez and DJ Karee from 103Jamz. Rip it. 

Al-Dom’s ‘New Dream’ is still on repeat. Give it a spin. Rip it. 

Soundwalk by Ellen Reid is an immersive audio experience that will transform the Elizabeth River Trail. 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 W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful at Chrysler Museum of Art. Rip it.

Orchids: Attraction and Deception at Barry Art Museum. Rip it. 

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


The Hampton Roads Alliance 021 Mid-Year Report signals recovery, growth in wind, and lots of opportunities. Rip it.

Rayquan Smith is leading the charge at Norfolk State as one of the first student-athletes to obtain paid partnerships after name, image, and likeness rule changes. Rip it.

Sentara Norfolk General ranks among the top 50 nationally in urology in ‘Best Hospitals’ report. Rip it.

A new chamber of commerce has launched, the Coast Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Rip it.

Beacon Books of Ghent is set to close by end of the month. Rip it.

Ward’s Corner’s Book Exchange is expanding to Chesapeake after more than 17 years in business.

The St. Paul’s community was awarded $50K to support a new fresh food market in the area. Rip it.

Virginia’s port boss says trade is bouncing back from the pandemic. Rip it.

Cruise bookings are up in a positive sign for Downtown Norfolk. Rip it.

Sentara College of Health Sciences formed it’s first Board of Governors. Rip it.

Slow Ride Tattoo Gallery is coming to 25th Street. Rip it.

Tesla is coming to N. Military Highway in Norfolk. Rip it.

Arendt Candle, famous for its cereal candle, is taking a retail space in the Railroad District. Rip it.

Virginia’s economy by the Numbers. Rip it.

Regional Economic Stats. Port Stats. Labor Stats.

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**Please note that listed times are start times, many events run several hours**
All Weekend:
43 Hours of B. United International at The Birch. Rip it. 

Norfolk Run Club Meetup at Yorgo’s Bageldashery. 6:00 am. Rip it. 
Sunrise Yoga + Coffee on the River with Skys the Limit Yoga co. 6:30 am. Rip it. 
Raise Hell, Praise Dale Re-Release Party at Reaver NFK. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Northern Dawn Craft Vendor Popup at Cova Brewing. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
Troy Breslow performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
The Bay Rats perform live at Cova Brewing Co. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Benton Blount performs live at Waterside District. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Nature’s Child performs live at TGOV at OV Beach Park. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Movie Meetup watches The Green  Knight at Naro Cinema. 6:15 pm. Rip it. 
Seven Cities Big Band Popup at The Plot. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
LAVA presents Court Street Company at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Robbin King with Sarita Scott perform live at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Tides play Durham Bulls at Harbor Park. 7:05 pm. Rip it. 
The Improv Riot at Push Comedy Theather. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Late Night Ladies Ride with Social Cycling Norfolk departing Smartmouth. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Don Bunch performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
DJ Saint James performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
All The Streets Are Silent premier at Naro Cinema. 9:15 pm. Rip it. 
The Improv Riot after Dark at Push Comedy. 10:00 pm. Rip it.  

Saturday Morning Adventure Ride with Local Bike Shop. 8:00 am. Rip it.
COVAMOVES: Goat Yoga at Cova Brewing. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
East Beach Farmers Market at Shore Drive. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Buy Indie Comics Day 12 Hour Drawing Marathon at Muse Writers Center. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Shark Awareness Day at Nauticus. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Bike & Brunch at Starving Artist Cafe. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Drag Brunch at Blue Moon Taphouse. 10:00 am & 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Community Gentle Yoga at OV Beach Park. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
BigForestFire performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Slover Library. 12:30 pm. Rip it. 
Lava Presents: Afternoon of Folk Music with Ian Thornton, Logan Vath, Skye Zentz, and more at Maker’s Craft Brewing. 2:00 pm. Rip it. 
DIY Bouquet Pop Up with Flowers by Soul Sisters at Reaver NFK. 2:00 pm. Rip it. 
DINGOLAY: Road To Carnival 2021 at Caior Bistro. 4:00 pm. Rip it. 
Fox & the Bear perform live at the Market on Monarch. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
Nadia Koz performs live at O’Connor Brewing Co. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
Community Lughnasadh/Lammas Ritual at Mystic Moon Norfolk. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
DJ Canrock performs live at The Veil Brewing Co. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Tides vs. Durham Bulls at Harbor Park. 7:05 pm. Rip it. 
Lava Presents: Long Division, Community Witch, Alison Blue at Maker’s Craft Brewing. 7:15 pm. Rip it. 
Girl-Prov at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Faucet, Reptile Tile, Bantustans, & Hope Magnet perform live at Taphouse Grill. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Don Bunch performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Exploding Sun performing live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
Improvageddon: Summer Slaycation 2021 at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.


Sunday Dog Days at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Kung Fu and Fitness Training at Towne Point Park. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Dustin Furlow performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Dan Pellegrino performs live at Reaver Beach NFK. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
Tour de Orf on the ERT departing from Smartmouth Beer. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
Sammy Lee performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 3:00pm. Rip it. 
Crime Line, Testimony, and Skunkie & the Repeats perform live at Taphouse Grill. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
Danny Kensy performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewing. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
The Top Hats Orchestra performs live at Big Bands on the Bay in OV Beach Park. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
DJ Joe Fu performs live for SIN at Grain. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 

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


You definitely need to try out Toast’s Nitro Jungle Bird. Rip it. 

Crudo Nudo’s lunch is back and worthy of your mid-day hunger pangs. Rip it. 

City With Bite is back with Season 2. Nomarama takes on Handsome Biscuit in episode 2. Rip it. 

As if a decadent pork shoulder wasn’t enough, Legrand is pairing it up with elote-style creamed corn. Rip it. 

Dirty Buff isn’t just spicy. Their golden fried churros with apple pie filling are bringing the sweet balance. Rip it. 

Kobro’s craft latte of the week is a fresh strawberry vanilla. Rip it.

Todd Jurich’s is ready to change your perspective of meatloaf. Rip it. 

Salt + Negroni? It works and Blanca Food+Wine is delivering it with excellence. Rip it. 

Mea Culpa is bowling their way to a perfect game with this one. Rip it. 

Food Truck Sightings:
DC Smoothies & Fresh Eats at Cova Brewing. Rip it. 
Weng’s Kitchen at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
Avocargo at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it. 
The Chicken Coop at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it. 
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 

Cheese It Up at Cova Brewing. Rip it. 
Ghost Kitchen & Bar-Q at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 
Lumpia King by Gavin Dishes at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
Weng’s Kitchen at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it. 
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it. 

Hashi Chow at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
Luva Bowls at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Virginia Diner at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it. 
Lolly’s Creamery & Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
The Chicken Coop at Reaver Beach NFK. 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. Go Hokies!

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