This week in NFK: Maury Plans, NSU Homecoming, Street Choir, Mars, Rent Growth, Ghosts, and more!

by | Oct 14, 2022

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Hot Lots: The overlooked opportunities of lot auctions and missing middle housing. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

Early voting has started, and registrars in Virginia are still working through a backlog of more than 100,000 voter registrations. Rip it.

Virginia is offering same-day voter registration for the first time this year. Rip it.

Representatives of the Mighty Dream Forum event offered Norfolk officials a first glance at what the event will look like. Rip it.

Norfolk City Council voted to close down a fourth nightlife business, California Burrito. Rip it.

California Burrito plans to appeal the City’s actions in court. Rip it.

Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Ramin Fatehi confirmed the intent to use prosecutorial discretion in event of restrictive abortion legislation during a Working Families Party event. Rip it.

Four options for repairing or replacing Maury High School have been presented to the community. Rip it.

One of Norfolk’s current congressional representatives, Elaine Luria, faced off against a challenger as she runs in new district lines that exclude Norfolk. Rip it.

Bobby Scott, elected to congress in 1992, is facing a challenge from Terry Namkung, a Republican Air Force veteran. Rip it.

A new gun violence dashboard developed by the Urban Renewal Center highlights that structural issues of poverty and wealth and equality and systemic divestment in neighborhoods are driving gun violence. Rip it.

Stop the Violence 757 plans to expand its after-school programming with a new grant. Rip it.

Over 40% of police department positions are expected to be vacant by the end of the year due to retirements, resignations, and recruitment pains. Rip it.

Norfolk citizens can contribute to the search for a new police chief online and in person. Rip it.

City Manager Chip Filer has submitted a “Crime Reduction Strategies” report. Rip it.

Norfolk has seen double the number of pedestrian fatalities compared to last year. Rip it.

The regional EMS council is starting to roll out “whole blood treatments” in ambulances, which improves survivability over the current components available. Rip it.  

Shiloh Baptist Church, with a 143-year history of providing community shelter and peace, continues its work by offering COVID boosters. Rip it.

Geoffrey Guns, a senior pastor at the Second Calvary Baptist Church in Norfolk, joined the advisory board for the Virginia Reliability Project (a natural gas pipeline project from the firm behind the Keystone XL pipeline) but is now calling the effort a “disingenuous” move to co-opt Black voices. Rip it.

Teens With a Purpose are transforming a vacant lot into a community garden that absorbs run-off rain. Rip it.

Hear from the Class of 2020 NSU graduate who had her student loan debt wiped out by Pharrell. Rip it.

Acquaint yourself with the ghosts of Wells Theater: a man in a top hat, a lady in white, a sailor named Ned, and a young boy called Boots. Rip it.

The first-ever Storm The Bay race series brought 200 to OV for beach races, some including sandy obstacles. Rip it.

The USS Porter returns to Norfolk after seven years overseas for patrols and exercises. Rip it.

The U.S. Military is working to offer better mental health solutions amid rising suicide rates. Rip it.

After a 17% increase in enrollment, Norfolk State students say that parking is nearly impossible some days. Rip it.


Rockets not required: visit the lifelike display of Mars at the Barry Art Museum this weekend. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

The Norfolk Street Choir is featured in Glen McClure’s “Neighbors,” an exhibition of selected portraits featuring individuals impacted by homelessness. Buy the exhibition book to support the under-housed community. (NFK Currents Orginal Video) Rip it.

Over 50 artists are displaying their work at the dozens of events scheduled for the NEON Festival. Rip it.

Gourmandizing worked with the Governor’s School for the Arts on a new mural in the NEON District. Rip it. 

Students with Tidewater Tech and Centura College are building a total of 150 elf doors as part of WinterFest’s new scavenger hunt. Rip it.

Mummenshanz, a magic performance of silent inflated characters, lands at Chrysler Hall on October 29th. Rip it.

Norfolk Chamber Consort opens its 54th season with a program dedicated to the influential Baroque Era Danish-German composer Dietrich Buxtehude in November. Rip it.

The Slowdive squad is teaming up with Social Supply for a special stranger things-inspired event in VB. Rip it.

The City of Norfolk is commissioning ten artists for works based on Norfolk’s publically accessible datasets. Deadline Nov 1. Rip it.

Registration for OPEN FLOOR, a choreographer’s showcase in January, are now open. Deadline October 15th. Rip it.

The Return of the Trap, a film by Norfolk-based Matoso Productions releases soon. Rip it.

The Norfolk Forum brings American journalist Mara Liasson to town ahead of the November elections. Rip it. 

Currently on Display:
To See a World in a Grain of Sand at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Lasting Impressions: Prints Collection at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Motion / Emotion at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
Love of Alexander at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
Rhonda Holy Bear: Artist and Story-Keeper at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
ALLiGATER HELLHOUND at Gordon Art Galleries. Rip it.
DesignHer: Contemporary Women Graphic Designers at Gordon Art Galleries. Rip it.
“Places” by Charles Rucker at Offsite Gallery. Rip it.
Jaida Garrison at Elation Brewing Gallery. Rip it.
Super High Show at Slowdive Gallery. Rip it.


The new Elizabeth River Project campus is a building “deliberately built to drown.” Rip it.

YOY rent growth in Norfolk hit 7.4% in Q2, which was below the statewide rate of 9.6%. Rip it.

Residential home sales continue to cool in the region with fewer active listings, fewer pending sales, fewer settled sales, and dropping prices in September. Rip it.

Smartmouth’s dolphin statue, known as Brewdolf, was returned safely after a landscaper found him. Rip it.

Historic building materials are proving more resilient against floods, provoking local advocacy for their use. Rip it.

Inpatient services are now open at CHKD’s new Children Pavilion mental health facility. Rip it.

ODU is offering a new Beer Brewers Certificate 10 years after the Virginia craft beer boom took hold. Rip it.

Lawson, a local real estate development company with 50 years in business, shares a look inside its new downtown Norfolk office space. Rip it.

The tHRive Young Professionals Summit goes down next week at NEON House. Rip it.

Demand for warehouse space in the region is booming, with industry experts reporting a sub-2 % vacancy rate. Rip it.

Landlords may be required to provide more time to tenants at risk of eviction with legislation poised for the General Assembly. Rip it.

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers advanced the Norfolk Harbor and Channels Improvement Project by awarding a contract to the Norfolk Dredging Company. Rip it.

ODU earned a $1.3 million federal grant to help bring underrepresented students into Ph.D. programs. Rip it.

NSU secured a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a community of academically talented engineering and computer science students. Rip it.

Cova Brewing in East Ocean View was the only Norfolk brewery to take home medals at the Great American Beer Festival. Virginia brewers took home nine medals total. Rip it.

Retail Alliance has a new President and CEO: Jenny Crittenden. Ray Mattes retired from the position. Rip it.

Regional Economic Stats. Port Stats. Labor Stats.

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Break a plate! Greek Fest is back in action this weekend after a two-year hiatus. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

Dozens of events come to the NSU campus for homecoming this weekend. Rip it.

Stockley Gardens Art Festival takes over Ghent this weekend. Rip it.

Fall Wine Fest, one of Towne Point Park’s biggest events of the year, brings thousands downtown this weekend. Rip it.

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, The Urban Renewal Center, and other community partners come together for “An Evening of Hope,” honoring those who have lost their lives to gun violence in our community at the Harrison Opera House on Tuesday. Rip it.

NEON Fest returns to Norfolk on October 20 & 21. Rip it.

Books, Brews, and Vino Too supporting Norfolk Public Libraries comes to Slover on October 21st. Rip it.

The Make(HER) Collective is hosting an all-women-owned vendor market on October 22nd. Rip it.

The Norfolk Street Soccer Tournament returns on October 22nd, registration is now open. Rip it.

The Mighty Dream Forum is set to take over dozens of venues around town for the “SXSW of DEI” November 1st – 3rd. 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.
Yoga with Sky’s The Limit at Vessel Craft Coffee. 6:30 am. Rip it.
Spartan SpiritFest at NSU Student Center. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Artist Spotlight: Hank the Aquarian at Eleanor’s Norfolk. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Natural Wine Tasting at Grandiflora Wine Garden. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
RNB Block Party at Norfolk Scope. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Derek Smith performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 5:30 pm. Rip it.
WOW Harvest Party at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 5:30 pm. Rip it.
Myths & Legends: Witches at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Get Your Handlebars to Mars Ride on the ERT. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Mars Fest w/ Barry Art Museum. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Derek Smith performs live at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Murder Mystery Dinner at The Granby Theater. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Haunted Norfolk Tour departing Moses Myers House. 7:30 pm. Rip it.

Friday Night Magic Draft at Atlantis Games and Comics. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
United Souls Band performs live at Mars Fest. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World at Generic Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
U-Nite: Costume Contest on Mars with Barry Art Museum. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Friday Night Magic: Commander at Atlantis Games and Comics. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Tales from the Campfire at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
NSU Alumni Association Meet & Greet at Circuit Social. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Late Night Ladies Ride to Mars departing Smartmouth. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
JAG Duo performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Flashback presents “The Craft” screening at Naro Cinema. 9:15 pm. Rip it.
Teacher’s Pet Improv Show at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
Ghost Tour at The Granby Theater. 11:50 pm. Rip it.

OV Run Club Long Run at Sandfiddler Cafe. 7:15 am. Rip it.
Send It! Road Ride with East Coast Cycles. 8:00 am. 
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Weyanoke Monthly Nature Walk. 8:00 am. Rip it.
NSU Homecoming Parade. 8:00 am. Rip it.
Willoughby Spit Civic League Flea Market at OV Fishing Pier. 8:00 am. Rip it.
Hipster Approved Vintage Vinyl Pop-up at OV Fishing Pier. 8:00 am. Rip it.
Saturday Morning Adventure Ride departing Local Bike Shop. 8:30 am. Rip it.
Farmers Market at Sunset Grill. 9:00 am. Rip it.
East Beach Farmer’s Market at 9680 Shore Drive. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Saturday Morning Yoga at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 9:30 am. Rip it.
Bhav Brigade Yoga at the Plot. 9:30 am. Rip it.
Guided Mindfulness Walk at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 10:00 am. Rip it.
We Outside Comedy Tour at Chartway Arena. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Goat Yoga at Cova Brewing Company. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Live Life Fresh Boombox Ride with Freshtopia. 10:30 am. 
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34th Annual Fall Wine Festival at Towne Point Park. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Big Forest Fire performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Art in Motion: d’Art Demo Series. 11:00 am. Rip it.
ODU Football Two Point Conversion Conversion Beach & Elation. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Little City Poets Meeting at The Muse Writer’s Center. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Lipgloss and Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
ERT Walking Tour of Larchmont & Edgewater. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
NSU vs. Delaware State University at Price Stadium. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Virginia Symphony and Governor’s School Show at Chrysler Hall. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
UGA Alumni Football Watch Party at Cogan’s North. 3:30 pm. Rip it.
Mike Krentz Book Launch and Q&A at the Muse Writer’s Center. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Time Machine Radio Launch Party at Smartmouth Brewing. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Live from the 24th Street Lot: Grateful Dead Show at Toast. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Pink Bra Art Show at Starving Artist Cafe. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
From Here to Eternity Twilight 5K at Elmwood Cemetery. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Which Smudge to Smudge Workshop at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
The Brightsmiths perform live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Rocky 7 Showing at Mars Fest. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Never Break the Chain – The Music of Fleetwood Mac with VA Symphony. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Jeff Lorber Jazz Funk Soul performs live at Scope Arena. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Pushing Dragons: Improvised DND Show at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
NYTHC House Party at the Norva. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Along the Emerald Nile-A Night in Sparta at Marriott Norfolk Waterside. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
BEEFCAKE Locker Room at The Granby Theater. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Ghostbusters Fright Night showing at Naro Cinema. 9:15 pm. Rip it.
Sorry Ma! Party at Republic. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
Off-Granby: The Musical at Push Comedy Theater. 10:30 pm. Rip it.


NSUAA Sunday Worship Service at Marriott Norfolk Waterside. 8:30 am. Rip it.
Yoga on Tap with Sky’s The Limit at Reaver NFK. 10:45 am. Rip it.
Dustin Furlow performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.  
Pokémon TCG: Weekly Casual Play at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Lipgloss and Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th and Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it.  
ODU Symphony Orchestra: Representation in Symphonic Music. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Bryan Dunn performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Paper Aliens perform live at Mars Fest. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Tim Balkner performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Max and Igor Cavalera of Sepultura perform live at The Norva. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Get a daily rundown of events on our Daily Instagram Story.


Oh, my gourd! 10 Places to get your pumpkin fix around town this fall. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it.

The Fall / Winter Collection from Hummingbird is rocking flavors like saffron sunset, chocolate jalapeño, and tayberry peppercorn. Rip it.

Amaretto cheesecake is the perfect lil’ something from Brother’s. Rip it.

Wagyu tomahawk and Maine lobster tail is on brand and beautiful at Byrd and Baldwin. Rip it.

Cafe Stella has a new roaster whipping up brunch pizzas and Fraiser cakes. Rip it.

Cova Brewing whipped up a special beer for Mars Fest: The Red Planet red lager. Rip it.

Jackfruit meet Birria. Birria meet Jackfruit. Now let’s taco bout it. Rip it.

Krazy Korn Ribs from My Mama’s Kitchen are the new favorite comfort food side. Rip it.

The Wake Up Waffle Meal from Our Peoples will cure hangovers and initiate naps. Rip it.

This boba might not escape a Sarlacc Pit, but it does look gorgeous. Rip it.

Pie season is back, and the orders are stacking up at Cafe Crema. Rip it.

Sour Street Pizza is rolling up on Norfolk breweries with this delightful black-and-blue pizza. Rip it.

Cabernet Franc, created with only indigenous yeast, is on deck at Eleanor’s. Rip it.

The Triple Play vegan burger is scoring big at Republic. Rip it.

Voyager Cold Brew is pouring Maple Chai Lattes this week. Rip it.

VA Cheese Co has Wine Fest platters and cheese boards for perfect pairings. Rip it.

At Chartreuse, the menu and the greens are fresh. (Daily changing menu). Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Ghost Kitchen and Big Belly at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.
Gocho Gourmet at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Shawna’s Rich Eats & Hades Wood Fired at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.

Get Stuffed and Moontide Sundries at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Munchies and Stuff at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Hades Wood Fired at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Gocho Gourmet at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.

A Bite of Maine at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Southern Provisions at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Sweet Daddy’s BBQ at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Team Fat Kid Food Truck at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. 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.