This Week in NFK: Maury, Madagascar, Markets, Elections, Economics, Athletes, and more

by | May 19, 2023

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Fresh Currents podcast episode just dropped. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

​​Tidewater Friends Foster Care: Transforming Lives Through Community Support (NFK Currents Original)
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Norfolk School Board voted to consider new unsolicited proposals for rebuilding Maury High School this week. Rip it.

A team led by WPA and Monument Development released their proposed plans for Maury High School. Rip it.

Norfolk Public Schools is looking for great people to join their workforce. Rip it.

Schools across Hampton Roads are increasing security measures. Rip it.

Norfolk School Board voted to adopt an expanded sex-ed curriculum with a handful of passionate opponents speaking out. Rip it. 

Norfolk’s primary for Senate District 21 is heating up with two well-known opponents: Andria McClellan and Angela Williams Graves. Rip it.

The effects of redistricting on Virginia’s political landscape are coming into clarity. Rip it.

Fatal car crashes in Virginia are hitting new records, reflecting a national trend. Rip it.

Hampton Roads is leading Virginia in vehicle crashes leading to increases in fatalities. Rip it.

Norfolk launched a second round of funding for housing developers and non-profits. Rip it.

Norfolk Tides management team says that the long-term future of the team playing at Harbor Park depends on pending casino development. Rip it.

The Tides continue to be on fire over at Harbor Park. Rip it.

Norfolk Cares reminded us that smoke detectors need to be changed every ten years and Norfolk Fire-Rescue will hook you up with a free one! Rip it.  

The U.S. Navy has passed a Bill of Rights and Responsibilities to expand rights for service members living in barracks. Rip it.


Joe Gelini of Cha Wa shared about the beats, brass, and funk they’re bringing to Bayou Bon Vivant festival this weekend. Rip it. 

Tyler Donovan is dropping Crescendo on May 31st. Rip it. 

The Therapeutic Recreation Center shared footage of their annual “Miracles In Art” Show. Rip it 

Does hydrangeas season count as culture? We vote yes. Rip it

The Hurrah Players will be performing Madagascar, the musical, this weekend. Rip it. 

Scotch and Soda, two costumed lion statues on Hampton Blvd, will be getting their own book illustrated by Sarah Glaser. Rip it. 

Next week catch the showcase by Super Comp Studios at Cure Coffeehouse. Rip it. 

Gallerie Ukwensi is kicking it up a notch on 21st Street. Rip it. 

A new sculpture, “Gratitude,” has landed at Sentara Brock Center. Rip it. 

Norfolk Preservation Collective hosts its Third Annual Preservation Awards of Excellence this week. 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.
IDEAL, Intentional Designs of Expression in Artistic Languages at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
The Great Exhibition: Bébés at the Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
Perspectives: Modern and Contemporary Glass from the Waitzer Collection at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
People, Places, Dreams & Things at Gallery 21. Rip it.
Abstract Portraits in Mixed Media by Zander Riegle at The Gallery At Elation. Rip it. 


The federal government’s potential debt default would have sweeping consequences for everyone in the region. Rip it. 

Housing inventory in the region has improved slightly, but the number of active listings is down from this time last year. Rip it.  

William and Mary reports that the Port of Virginia increased its massive economic impact by around 33% since FY 2021. Rip it. 

Local pop-up Lomo Pizzeria has landed a full-time location in Riverview. Rip it. 

Breeze Airways is launching non-stop flights to Los Angeles from ORF. Rip it. 

Rent costs in Virginia reach record highs, increasing by an average of 25% across the state. Rip it.

Here’s the latest economic take on commercial real estate in Virginia. Rip it. 

Hospitals in Virginia fell in national rankings from 2nd best to 9th. Rip it. 

CHKD’s struggle with staffing has led to long waiting lists for helping children struggling with mental health issues. Rip it.

Virginia legislators are trying to help advance the medical marijuana industry to compete with other states. Rip it.

Egg’s Up Grill, with its first local location in Ghent, is planning to add ten more locations across the region. Rip it. 

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Norfolk’s Beloved Concert Series Returns for an Epic Summer Experience (NFK Currents Original.) Rip it. 

It’s Bike Month in Norfolk; there’s a bike event every day. 
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Selden Market and NSU Innovation Center co-host the Align Market next week, featuring some of the first Align participants. Rip it.

Later this month, LAVA Presents brings back-to-back nights of jams to Norfolk with NorFunk and Grilled Out. Rip it.

Norfolk Run Club Friday Meetup at Voyager Cold Brew. 6:00 am. Rip it
Bike to Work Day in Downtown Norfolk. 7:00 am. Rip it
Lego Days in The Art Room at 757 Creative ReUse Center. 10:00 am. Rip it
2023 Bayou Bon Vivant: Cajun Music & Food Festival at Town Point Park. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Ghent Farmers Market at Blair Middle School. 4:00 pm. Rip it
Taurus New Moon Circle at Kindred Spirit. 6:00 pm. Rip it
TA Gatling performs live at Ocean View Fishing Pier. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Ben Long performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Facing the Gallows-The Last Walk Tour at Elmwood Cemetery. 6:30 pm. 
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Fox & The Bear performing at Elation. 6:30 pm. Rip it
Norfolk Tides vs. Syracuse Mets at Harbor Park. 6:35 pm. Rip it
Regions with Ryn: Wine of the Balkans at Vino Culture. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Third Friday Clay Throwdown at d’Art Center. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Hocus Pocus You’re Dead Murder Mystery at The Granby Theater. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
DJ Havoc performs live at Boss Queens Soul Cafe. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Friday Night Magic: Draft – Norfolk at Atlantis Games & Comics. 7:30 pm. Rip it
​Rooftop Movie: The Sandlot at Assembly. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
New Moon Ritual at Aries Apothecary. 7:30 pm. Rip it
Glow Ride VII at The Plot. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Friday Night Magic: Commander at Atlantis Games & Comics. 8:00 pm. Rip it
The JAM! At Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it
James and the Giant Peach at the Little Theater of Norfolk. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Goth Prom 2023 at 37th & Zen. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Chris Thile – World Premiere: Narrative Song Cycle/Mandolin Concerto. 8:30 pm. Rip it
Donal O’Shaughnessy performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Beefcake: Jungle w/ Shaun J. Wright at The Wave. 9:00 pm. Rip it
OK performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
The Warriors *Flashback Friday!* at Naro Cinema. 9:15 pm. Rip it
Harold Night: Norfolk’s Best Improv Comedy Teams at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it

OV Run Club Weekend Long Run. 7:15 am. Rip it
Weyanoke Monthly Nature Walk. 8:00 am. Rip it
Community Yard Sale in Lake Whitehurst. 8:00 am. Rip it.
Send It Saturday Morning Group Ride at East Coast Bicycles. 8:00 am. Rip it
Volunteer Workday at Forest Lawn Cemetery. 9:00 am. Rip it
East Beach Farmers Market on Shore Drive. 9:00 am. Rip it
Bhav Brigade Yoga at the Plot. 9:30 am. Rip it
Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival in Ghent. 10:00 am. Rip it.
City Girls Walk Meetup at Ghent Foot Bridge. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
COVA Moves: Goat Yoga. 10:00 am. Rip it
Party for the Planet at The Virginia Zoo. 10:00 am. Rip it
Live Life Fresh Boom Box Bike Ride at Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it
Flow and Flight at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 10:45 am. Rip it
BigForestFire performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
ALIGN: Small Business Vendor Market + Invention Convention at Selden Market. 11:00 am. Rip it
Embroidered Memaids with Judy-Lynn at 757 Creative ReUse Center. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Protection 101 at Kindred Spirit. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Art in Motion – Free Art Demos at d’Art Center. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Woof Gang Rehab Adoption Event At Makers Craft Brewery. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Foster Care Aware 2023 Community Summit. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Drag Bingo at MJ’s Tavern. 2:00 pm. Rip it
Punk Rock Flea Market at Smartmouth Beer. 2:00 pm. Rip it
ERT 101 Group Ride at Larchmont Library. 2:00 pm. Rip it
Hurrah Players perform Madagascar – A Musical Adventure. 2:00 pm. Rip it
Yugioh Cyberstorm Tournament at Atlantis Games & Comics. 3:00 pm. Rip it
Crazy DJ Music Bingo at Hank’s Filling Station. 4:30 pm. Rip it. 
Bak N Da Day performing at  Attucks Theater. 5:00 pm. Rip it
Reiki Level 1 Certification at Aries Apothecary. 5:00 pm. Rip it
World Street Soccer with Copilot, Rylo, & Blood Diamond at the Veil. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
PC Guitar Duo performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Saturday Night Yugioh at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:30 pm.
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The Bay Rats performing at Elation. 6:30 pm. Rip it
Norfolk Tides vs. Syracuse Mets at Harbor Park. 6:35 pm. Rip it
NEON Art Tour at The Plot. 7:00 pm. Rip it
SynHERgi performs live at Boss Queens Soul Cafe. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Contra Dance at First Luthern Church. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Pushing Dragons: An Improvised D&D Adventure at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Indoor Kite performs live at Chichos Backstage. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Trap Karaoke at The NorVA. 8:00 pm. Rip it
James and the Giant Peach at the Little Theater of Norfolk. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Donal O’Shaughnessy performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Zen Dream Team Rave at 37th & Zen. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
JAG Duo performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Baila! with Startt, Gabe Niles, Durag Daf, Vinny Del Sol at Plaza Del Sol. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
Radio 80s Ladies Only Part at The Granby Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
4 Da Mandem w/ Shake Norfolk at 80/20 Burge Bar. 10:00 pm. Rip it. 

Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival in Ghent. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Slow-Mo Sunday Group Ride at Local Bike Shop NFK. 10:30 am. Rip it
Sky’s the Limit Yoga on Tap at Reaver NFK. 10:45 am. Rip it
Matt Holloman performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Yoga in the Yard at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Pokemon Victory Road – Monthly League Challenge at Atlantis Games & Comics. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Elated Market at Elation Brewing.. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Soul Healing Activations at Elation Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Magic: The Gathering – Commander League at Atlantis Games & Comics. 12:00 pm. 
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Bikes, Brews & Baseball at Benchtop. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Yoga Before You Say I Do at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 12:30 pm. Rip it
Weekly Pokemon League at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Acro Yoga Jam at Lafayette Park. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Sunday Funday: Board Game Night at COVA. 1:00 pm. Rip it
MTG Modern Sunday at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Cowboy Syd’s Wine Class at Syd’s FishPig Cafe. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Tides vs. Syracuse Mets at Harbor Park. 1:05 pm. Rip it
TRD Company Auditions at TR Dance Center. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
James and the Giant Peach at the Little Theater of Norfolk. 2:30 pm. Rip it.
Art Demo: live portrait painting featuring Ron Primm at Gallery 21. 3:00 pm. Rip it
John Baldwin performs live at Maker’s CraftBreweryy. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
Bobbi & Helen School of Dance at Harrison Opera House. 4:00 pm. Rip it
Melissa Page Book Launch and Q&A at The Muse Writers Center. 4:30 pm. Rip it.
Art Rowe performs live at Sunset Grill. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Sunday Night Sound Bath at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Mike Demoss performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
The Nascar Jones Show at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it


Benchtop and Movement is Medicine Physical Therapy have teamed up for a collab beer called “I Used To Be An Athlete” that drops next weekend. (NFK Currents Original Video). Rip it.

The weekend pastries at Chelsea Bakehouse are worth the wait. (NFK Currents Original Video). Rip it. 

The grits bowl at Commune was already a beast, and it just got even better with housemade furikake. Rip it.

The Only You Lounge is officially open on the third floor of the Veil. Rip it.

Before the Tides take on the Syracuse Nets, join former Tidewater Tides player Mookie Wilson for a picnic at Harbor Park. Rip it.

Prime 255 is competing for the classiest brunch in Downtown Norfolk. Rip it.

Grab a delicious breakfast croissant (and perhaps an app to join them as a pastry chef?) Rip it. 

A New York delicacy on Colonial, the bacon, egg, and cheese. Rip it. 

Oxtail stew? Don’t mind if we do. Rip it. 

Omar’s Carriage House has another international wine dinner landing on Thursday. Rip it.

Yes, they did go there. Stony’s has a pizza burger hitting the docks. Rip it.

Coco Ritas at Union Taco are perfect for the summer vibes. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft. Rip it.
JMT Vegan Eats at Benchtop. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen & Weng’s Kitchen at COVA. Rip it.
Hades Wood Fired at Reaver Beach. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner. 
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Deutscher Imbiss at Maker’s Craft. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen & Boomerang Dishes at COVA. Rip it.
757 Laos Street Food at Benchtop. Rip it. 
Flippin Hangry at Reaver Beach. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner.  
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Gavin’s Dishes at Maker’s Craft. Rip it.
Boomerang Dishes at COVA. Rip it.
Hashi Chow at Benchtop. Rip it.
Flippin Hangry at Reaver Beach. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner. 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.