This Week in NFK: Management, Crabs, Demons, Hotels, Laser, Hot Honey Lattes, Redhörse, and more.

by | Jun 30, 2023

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Don’t miss the latest episode of the Norfolk Currents Podcast. Rip it. 
City Manager Chip Filer is no longer City Manager. While he claims to have resigned, sources say he was pushed out by a majority of the City Council. Rip it.

City Council appointed Pat Roberts to the City Manager position after just two years as a Deputy City Manager in Norfolk. Rip it.

Downtown Norfolk wants your input on its direction for the next five years. Rip it.

Residents near the former Lambert’s Point Golf Course are petitioning the City to have the space turned into a park. Rip it.

Fairwinds Landing broke ground on an offshore wind operations base in West Ghent. Rip it.

Former Tidewater Gardens residents get first dibs on housing at Kindred through July 19th. Rip it.

Historical redlining is affecting how Norfolk’s flooding infrastructure may be built. Rip it.

HRT is receiving $25 million in federal funds to accommodate zero-emission buses. Rip it.

TCC is opening two Childhood Development Centers on its campuses to provide care and learning for the children of TCC students. Rip it.

The Chesapeake Bay dead zone is expected to be smaller this summer as dry weather has reduced runoff pollution. Rip it.

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission limited allowable striped bass catches to 31 inches and increased the allowable blue crab catch to 36 bushels per day. Rip it.

This August will mark the end of Virginia’s 15-year-long sales tax holiday, which was meant for back-to-school or hurricane preparation supplies. Rip it.

Harbor Park will be the home for the International League Championship Series after the Tides one the “first-half” title. Rip it.

Former Norview star Keyontae Johnson was selected as a second-round draft pick by Oklahoma City. Rip it.

Four Granby High students recently won first place in an international problem-solving competition. Rip it.

Norfolk Animal Care & Adoption Center is waving fees as they are nearly at capacity and need adoptions. Rip it.


This Friday, the Norfolk Tides honor the historic Negro League with a tribute night featuring jerseys themed after the Norfolk Red Stockings. Rip it.

Pharrel featured several callouts to the 757 and Virginia in his first Louis Vuitton show. Rip it.

Norfolk in Time and Aquaticus, two brand-new exhibits, are open now at Nauticus. Rip it.

Chrysler Museum will begin holding late-night events once a month, including live music and drinks. Rip it.

Demons, Community Witch, Wandcarver, Rose Milk, And Karacell are set to perform at The Norva, recognizing the release of Demons’ newest album. Rip it.

Sean Orlando released plans for a 2024 sculpture in the 5 Points area of Norfolk. Rip it.

Portraited opens at d’Art Center next week. Rip it.

Night Echoes is your after-hours look at the illuminated and immersive installation by Claudia Bueno at the Hermitage. Rip it.

Currently on Display:
Barbara Earl Thomas: The Illuminated Body at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight at Chrysler Museum. Rip it. (ENDS MONDAY)
The Great Exhibition: Bébés at the Barry Art Museum. Rip it. (ENDS SATURDAY)
Perspectives: Modern and Contemporary Glass from the Waitzer Collection at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
M/NYC: Rough Draft, a solo exhibition by Thomas O’Casey at Assembly Gallery. Rip it.
“Missing the Mark” by John Runner at Offsite Gallery. Rip it.
Portraited at d’Art Center. Rip it.
Shapes Everywhere at Commune. Rip it.
High On Your Supply at The Gallery At ElationRip it
Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality at Slover Library. Rip it.


Gas taxes are going up 1.9 cents per gallon as new legislation starts on July 1. Rip it.

Norfolk Kayak Rentals and the Elizabeth River Trail are partnering for 90-minute kayak tours departing Plum Point Park. Rip it.

Dominion Energy is raising the cost burden of small solar produces to be connected to the grid, impacting at least one Norfolk project. Rip it.

ODU is launching an online Entrepreneur Certification Program. Rip it.

Legacy Nightclub has officially closed following a months-long battle to have its conditional use permit reinstated. Rip it.

The latest statewide population estimates suggest that the region has stayed relatively unchanged since April 2020. Rip it.

The region’s labor force has grown nearly 4% since last year, according to statistics from May. Rip it.

What’s a bank Community Development Manager do around town anyway? Rip it.

The Norfolk/Portsmouth hotel market saw a 10.8% increase in rooms sold and a 30.5% increase in revenue compared to pre-pandemic data. Rip it.

The Railyard at Lambert’s Point is progressing, with one of the first shops expected to open this week. Rip it.

NSU and Black BRAND are launching “Women Who Lead,” a 12-week professional development course to help underserved women. Rip it.

City Council approved a project that will transform the Campostella landfill into a solar energy farm. Rip it.

Dillards at MacArthur Center is expected to transform into a “clearance center.” Rip it.

Several new grant opportunities are available for maritime companies in the mid-Atlantic. Rip it.

Town Center Cold Pressed has a new app, and users will get exclusive access to a new olive oil latte. Rip it.

Regional Economic Stats. Port Stats. Labor Stats.

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Catch the Norfolk Currents merch booth at Toast this Saturday for the NFK Social Summer Market. Rip it.

Norfolk Tides are still playing Charlotte Knights until Monday. Rip it.

Next weekend, LAVA Presents Illiterate Lights with Feign Kin & North Bloom. Rip it.

Clear your schedule now for the 2023 Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival in August. Rip it.

Watch some community boxing and other fun at the 2nd Annual Community Day Festival presented by Izzy’s Corner. Rip it.

Tickets are now on sale for LAVA Presents next concert event on July 8th. Rip it.

Norfolk Latino Music Festival is coming up on July 22nd. Rip it.

Run Club Friday Meetup at Yorgo’s Bageldashery. 6:00 am. Rip it.
Help the Homeless Community Day at Church Street. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Lego Days in The Art Room at 757 Creative ReUse Center. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Jr. Garden Artists: Picnic Plates at Botanical Garden. 10:00 am. Rip it.
BHC Sewell’s Point PRIDE 5K Walk/Run. 10:30 am. Rip it.
Paint & Sip Popup at Conscious Planet. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Dog Days of Summer Book Club. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Summer Craft: Pinwheels at Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch Library. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
MERICA: The OV Beach Tavern Before, During, and After Party for the OV Fireworks. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Opening Reception Missing the Mark by John Runner at Offsite Gallery. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Collage Full Moon Intention at Kindred Spirit. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Conor Malone performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Art Walk at MacArthur Center  with Norfolk ARTS. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Wine Tasting at The Green Onion. 5:30 pm. Rip it.
After Work Soulfood and R&B Fridays with DJ Chris G. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Allegra Duchaine performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Amateur Drag Night at Mudita Cafe & Coffeehouse. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Band of Consenting Adults performs live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
The House of Graves Leather Munch at 37th & Zen. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Tying the Knot: Knot Magic for Handfastings at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
The Bay Rats performs live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
David Jones performs live at Willoughby Fish House. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
After the Foxes perform live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Death Followed Quickly-Without a Chance to Say Goodbye at Elmwood Cemetery. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Ben Long performs live at Elation Brewing. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Regions of Rosé with Ryn at Vino Culture. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Blaze and Glaze: Porcelain Pipes at 757 Makerspace. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Paint Party at The American Legion Post 327. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Comedian Terry McNeely performs live at The Granby Theater. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Friday Night Magic: Draft at Atlantis Games & Comics. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Friday Night Magic: Commander at Atlantis Games & Comics. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Lazer Invazion at Harrison Opera House. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Laser Double Feature at Michael and Kimthanh Lê Planetarium. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
The Machine performs Pink Floyd live at The Norva. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
The Overnite Lows perform live at Cafe Stella. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
The Improv Riot: Short Form Improv Show at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
The Ries Brothers and Space Koi perform live at Chicho’s Backstage. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Farewell Roast of Isaac Fields at Norfolk Taphouse. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Rob Oliver performs live at Tap it Local NFK. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Mocean Duo performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
The Improv Riot After Dark: Short Form Improv at Push Comedy. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

Weekend Long Run. 7:15 am. Rip it.
Send It Saturday Morning Group Ride at East Coast Bicycles. 8:00 am. Rip it.
Community Clean Up at Poplar Hall Park. 8:00 am. Rip it.
MLB Pitch, Hit, Run at LCN Fields. 8:00 am. Rip it.
East Beach Farmers Market. 9:00 am. Rip it.
MTG Pioneer DreamHack RCQ (1-slot) at Atlantis Games & Comics. 10:00 am. Rip it.
NFK Social Summer Market at Toast. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Family Village Outdoor Markets. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Live Life Fresh Boom Box Bike Ride at Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it.
OV Yoga Karma Yoga Project Flow & Beach Cleanup. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Joe Heilman performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Cool Creations: Foil Fish & Hand Building Fish Plates at d’Art Center. 11:30 am. Rip it.
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Paint Pour Class at d’Art Center. 1:30 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Brew Ruck departing Smartmouth. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
RnB Block Party – White Out Edition at Norfolk Scope. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
CrownLyfe Sneaker Ball 5th Anniversary. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Conor Malone performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Six Shades of Sauvignon Blanc with Akeyla at Vino Culture. 5:30 pm. Rip it.
PC Guitar Duo performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Chris Ride performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Saturday Night YuGioh at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Swing Dancing at Coalescence Coffee. 6:45 pm. Rip it.
Furioso performs live at Boss Queens Soul Cafe. 7:00 pm. Rip it.  
Spirit Gun, Lori Creek & The Dapper Damned, Contactees, & Thru w/ Therapy perform live at 37th & Zen. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Date Night at the Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Redhörse, Luxury Teeth, Rough Dose, and Homemade Speed perform live at Norfolk Taphouse. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Silent Disco at Waterside District. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Milk Crate Mafia performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Platform’d A Sketch Comedy Showcase at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

Slow-Mo Sunday Group Ride at Local Bike Shop NFK. 10:30 am. Rip it
Yoga on Tap at Reaver Beach Brewing. 10:45 am. Rip it.
Dustin Furlow performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Red Stapler performs live at OV Pier. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
MTG Modern Sunday at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Weekly Pokemon League at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Matt Holloman performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Happy Planner Group with Amy at 757 Creative ReUse Center. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
James Ford performs live at Mona Lisa Restaurant & Bar. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Tour de ORF at Smartmouth Beer. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
85 South Show Live at Chrysler Hall. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Rob Oliver performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it.


Cure Eats has a strawberry parfait, but it’s only for a limited time! Rip it.

Does Chocolate & Peanut Butter get you going? Then you’ll love Lolly’s newest flavor! Rip it.

Equinox Coffee is closed next week while they change ownership. Rip it.

Starving Artist Cafe 757 just dropped this amazing Superfood Mocktail using aloe and pomegranate. Rip it.

Cafe Mudita is dropping some new summer drinks Only way to find out what they are is to go! Rip it.

If you haven’t had Cova’s Coconut Hibiscus Latte, this is the last week so MOVE IT! Rip it.

You’ve got to check out this Hot Honey Craft Latte at Kobros, and yes you can have it iced. Rip it.

Bold Mariner’s newest IPA is infused with pineapple flavor. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Sloppy Dog at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen, Krazy Trompos, & Cast Iron at Cova. Rip it.
757 Laos Street at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.
lil’za Pizzaria at The Veil. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner. Rip it.

Munchie’s Food Truck at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Southern Provisions & Cups at Cova. Rip it.
Bar-q at Reaver Beach. Rip it.
Revery at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.
lil’za Pizzaria at The Veil. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner.  Rip it.

Shawna’s Food Truck at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Moontide Sundries at Cova. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Rip it.
lil’za Pizzaria at The Veil. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner. 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.