This week in NFK: Mighty Dream Forum, GO VOTE, 50 Years of Chrysler, Alden Capital, Sappy Beer, and more.

by | Nov 4, 2022

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ICYMI: The Mighty Dream Forum brought the community together for the Business Block Party in the NEON and it was incredible. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

Voting in Norfolk isn’t all that hard. This year you can vote early, register on Election Day, and do your civic duty in style. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 
Bring your “I Voted” sticker to Selden Market to get a complimentary NFKVA-approved version. Rip it.

Voters across the region received texts telling them to vote at the wrong locations. Rip it. 

The Virginia Department of Elections announced Monday it discovered thousands more unprocessed voter registration transactions. Rip it. 

Norfolk has a front-row seat to the most competitive congressional race in the country taking place in VB, Chesapeake, and other parts of the region. Rip it. 

ODU political science professors expect Republicans to gain control of the House and Senate in next week’s election. Rip it. 

Pharrell Williams announced the return of Something in the Water to the 757 this Wednesday at the Mighty Dream Forum. Rip it. 

Pharrell Williams opined on the actions by City Council to close down local nightclubs, saying “if they really cared about helping, they would go and talk to these people […] and educate them.” Rip it. 

Scotty Quixx has filed a $2M lawsuit against the City of Norfolk, alleging that proper city policies were not followed and City staff mistakingly told Council that a murder occurred inside the bar. Rip it. 

Norfolk School Board is slowly advancing a plan to tear down Maury High School after an overwhelming majority of the 50 people who participated in public sessions supported the plan. Rip it. 

City officials said that the relocation of Tidewater Gardens residents is complete, with 61 units in the new St. Paul’s development set to house residents from the 618 demolished units. Rip it. 

The City of Norfolk confirmed that they are progressing negotiations with Pharrell’s development group for the Military Circle redevelopment project. Rip it. 

New Norfolk School Board rules for public comment could “create the appearance and impression” of suppressing free speech. Rip it. 

The lack of funding for the Virginia Witness Protection Program likely contributed to the failed attempt to prosecute the alleged shooter of Sierra Jenkins and four others. Rip it. 

17 Hampton Roads cities and counties said they oppose a proposal for Virginia to leave the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative because the initiative funds important flooding programs. Rip it. 

Ahead of planned cannabis legalization, a survey of Virginians suggests that 23% of adults use marijuana and 1/3 of those think the drug makes them a safer driver. Rip it. 

The Virginia NAACP chapter is paying $20K for access to documents from the Attorney General’s “election integrity unit.” Rip it. 

Virginia schools experienced some of the largest standardized test scores declines over the pandemic. Rip it.

The Virginia Department of Education will hold off on implementing the new policies until at least Nov. 26 after the legality of the rules was questioned. Rip it.

NSU joined several other Virginia colleges in dropping the requirement for ACT or SAT scores. Rip it. 

Ocean View is getting a “dream court” at 20th Bay Street. Rip it. 

The Admirals have decided to play a series of games this season under the banner of other 757 Cities. Rip it. 


Winterfest at Nauticus is expanding throughout downtown Norfolk with a scavenger hunt spanning several blocks. Rip it. 

Jazz at the Attucks: Michael Pedicin on the saxophone next weekend. Rip it. 

Art is therapy, thanks to the work of folks at EVMS and Sentara Brock Cancer Center. Rip it.

The Chrysler is celebrating 50 years since the Chrysler endowment with a gala and a NEON After Party. Rip it.

Catch the Virginia Stage Company’s rendition of The Hobbit through Nov 6th. Rip it.
Norfolk Chamber Consort opens its 54th season with a program dedicated to the influential Baroque Era Danish-German composer Dietrich Buxtehude on November 7th. Rip it.

Casting Call: ODU film classes are looking for actors. Rip it. 

Vinyl lovers, be sure to catch the sale at Not For The Weak records. Rip it.

Next Sunday, Crimeline performs live at Norfolk Taphouse. 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.
Super High Show at Slowdive Gallery. Rip it.


Over 50 local restaurants catered for the Mighty Dream Forum this week. Rip it. 

Forbes featured this glowing write-up of Norfolk, “Virginia’s most underrated urban destination for nature lovers.” Rip it. 

A company tied to Alden Capital (owner of the Virginian Pilot) bought a mobile home park in SW Virginia and is forcing residents to pay hundreds or be evicted. Rip it. 

Dominion Energy and the Virginia Attorney General reached an agreement to implement several consumer protections in connection with its massive offshore wind project. Rip it. 

Sky’s the Limit Yoga Company celebrates its first anniversary in a brick-and-mortar location. Small business win! Rip it. 

Hundreds of students from across the region visited future wind energy industry sites in a showcase of future career opportunities. Rip it. 

Dozens of Black-owned businesses competed in competitions this week for the Mighty Dream Forum. Rip it. 

Sentara is rolling out a new badge policy for visitors to all of their campuses in the region. Rip it. 

The 95,000 square-foot building that once housed a Sam’s Club on Little Creek Road is set to become an “Old Time Pottery.” Rip it.

Virginia is not winning as many industrial “megaprojects” as other southern states. Rip it.

Supply chain constraints continue to affect the economy, this time resulting in a shortage of the prescription medication Adderall. Rip it.

A 2022 report by Old Dominion University says that the military Basic Allowance for Housing is driving local housing prices for civilians. Rip it. 

ODU launched a 5-year $500 million fundraising campaign. Rip it. 

Virginia’s cost of living is just barely over the national average. Rip it.

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NFK Currents readers can grab 20% off to the Chrysler Museum 50th Anniversary Gala NEON After Party this Saturday. Use the code APCURRENTS. Rip it. 

LAVA Presents “Live from 24th Street,” a celebration of the Grateful Dead with Last Fair Deal. Rip it. 

Reaver Beach is bringing back its popular Yours, Mine, & Sours Collaborative Sour Festival this month. Rip it. 

Next weekend at the Norva: Shrek Rave and the Led Zeppelin Experience. Rip it. 

Make plans for the Grand Illumination Parade returning to Downtown Norfolk for the 36th year. Rip it.
**Please note that listed times are start times, many events run several hours**

Norfolk Run Club Friday Meetup at Yorgo’s. 6:00 am Rip it. 
tHRive Member Meetup November at Neptune’s Fury. 7:30 am. Rip it
Writers Coffee Break with The Muse Writers Center at Cafe Stella. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
COVA x SEALKIDS: Special (H)ops Beer Release Party at Cova Brewing Company. 4:00 pm.
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Sunset Swing ‘n’ Blues at the Pagoda. 4:00 pm. Rip it
Game Night and “BRINNER” at Vessel Craft Coffee. Rip it. 

Siren City Pipe Band Season 1 Finale Party at Smartmouth Beer. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Miss Virginia is for Laughter Comedy Queen at The Wave. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Amy Kaus performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Dan Pellegrino performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
PBR Freedom Fridays at PBR Norfolk. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
HR Pride Night Out| The Pirates of Penzance at Virginia Opera.7:00 pm. Rip it. 
First Friday Yin at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Wine Class: Six Shades of Grenache at Vino Culture. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Puff & Paint: Porcelain Pipes at 757 Makerspace. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Tidewater Bluegrass Music Association at Roosevelt Area Civic League. 7:00 pm. Rip it
The Alibis performed live at Norfolk Collegiate. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Friday Night Magic: Draft at Atlantis Games & Comics. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
FNM Draft Myster Booster Edition at Atlantis Games & Comics. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Royal Comedy Tour at Chrysler Hall. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
The Pirates of Penzance at Virginia Opera. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Friday Night Magic: Commander at Atlantis Games & Comic. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
MonoMania! The Completely Crazy Improvised Play at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Friday Night Magic: Commander at Atlantis Games & Comics. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Snackbar Jones performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 

Husky Danger at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.


Send It Saturday Morning Group Ride at East Coast Bicycles. 8:00 am Rip it 
Watercolors: Harvest at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 9:00 am. Rip it 
East Beach Farmers Market at 9680 Shore Dr. 9:00 am. Rip it 
Special Waste Collection Event with Keep Norfolk Beautiful. 9:00 am. Rip it 
Saturday Yoga at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 9:30 am. Rip it 
Winter Wellness at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 10:00 am. Rip it
Park Place Community Cleanup at Equinox Coffee. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Virginia Camellia Society Show and Sale 2022 at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 10:00 am. Rip it
Holiday Market at Industrial Cottage. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Live Life Fresh Boombox Ride with Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it.
Recharge & Restore…Weekend Yoga for Wellness at Ocean View Norfolk. 11:00 am Rip it
Rob Snyder performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Makerspace Cadets 101: Scratch 757 Makerspace Hosts. 12:00 pm Rip it 

Kate Thomas Art Grand Opening. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Two-Point Conversion: Presented by Reaver NFK & Elation Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch. 1:00 pm Rip it  
NEON Art Tour at The Plot. 1:00 pm Rip it 
Just As I Am: A Book Discussion at Jordan Newby Anchor Branch Library. 1:00 pm Rip it 
Yoga at Slover Bhav Brigade and Samaritan House Hosts. 2:00 pm Rip it
BREACH Pop-Up at Mudita Cafe and Coffeehouse. 2:00 pm. Rip it. 
NEON Art Tour with Norfolk Tour Co at the Plot. 2:00 pm. Rip it. 
THE GREAT 24-HOUR WRITE-IN at The Muse Writers Center. 4:00 pm Rip it  
Live From the 24th Street Lot – a celebration of the Grateful Dead at Toast. 5:00 PM Rip it
Chris Ride performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm Rip it
Art Rowe performs live at Sunset Grill. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Charity Classic: Gold Star Families & Medal of Honor Foundation at Town Point Club. 6:00 pm Rip it
Saturday Night Yugioh at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:30 pm Rip it 
Warehouse LIVE: The Fuzz Band at Smartmouth Beer. 7:00 pm Rip it 
Sip & Paint: Porcelain Tumblers 757 Makerspace Hosts. 7:00 pm Rip it
Rusty Ancel performs live at Ocean View Democratic Social Club. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Rakim performs live at The Norva. 8:00 pm Rip it 
Silent Disco at Waterside District. 8:00 pm Rip it 
Date Night at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm Rip it 
50th Anniversary Gala After Party at Chrysler Museum Of Art. 9:00 pm Rip it 
Nate Sacks performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
Trouble in Pushville at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm Rip it


Socials Free Nature Walk with Eleanor’s on the ERT. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Yoga on Tap with Sky’s The Limit at Reaver NFK. 10:45 am. Rip it. 
Dustin Furlow at Grain performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.  
A Socials Free Nature Walk with the ERT at Plum Point Park. 11:00 am Rip it 
Slow-Mo Sunday Group Ride at Local Bike Shop NFK. 11:30 am Rip it 
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch. 1:00 pm Rip it 
Pokémon TCG: Weekly Casual Play at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm Rip it 
MTG Modern Sunday at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm Rip it
Afro-Fusion Masterclass with Joy Gibbs at TR Dance Center. 2:00 pm. Rip it. 
TomKat performs live at the Ocean View Fishing Pier. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
Flesh and Blood Weekly Armory Event at Atlantis Games & Comics. 4:00 pm Rip it 
Tour de ORF at Smartmouth Beer. 4:00 pm Rip it 
TRL & Talented Sundays at 37th and Zen. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Brandon Peter performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Fortunate Youth performs live at The Norva. 8:30 pm Rip it
Get a daily rundown of events on our Daily Instagram Story.


If you grabbed drinks at the Mighty Dream Forum, the bars were built by local carpentry students. Rip it. 

LeGrand Kitchen, one of Norfolk’s beloved local restaurants, is looking for a new home. Rip it.

Local Bike Shop is celebrating two years in business with a bike ride and pizza party with Lil Za. Rip it. 

Smore’s Amore has a special smore available at Dirty Buffalo for the “Tour of Buffalo.” Rip it. 

8 years running and back again. The Great Hot Cocoa Wars in Downtown Norfolk. Rip it. 

Avocargo got a big shoutout from Pharrell for thier collards wrap and jerk chicken. Rip it.

Fête du Beaujolais, a celebration of the grape harvest, returns to Toast bigger and better than ever. Rip it. 

Breakfast with Santa AND RipTide? Now that’s a special day. Rip it. 

What’s Sappening?! A very spruced up beer is dropping at Smartmouth for the holidays. Rip it.

Pan-seared rockfish is fresh off the boat at Streats. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Hades Wood Fired at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Ghost Kitchen at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.
Sense’s Vegan at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.

Prime 757 and Get Stuffed at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Munchies and Such at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Sweet Daddy’s BBQ at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Team Fat Kid at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.

Hades Wood Fired at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it. 
Frankie T’s Street Dogs at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Rio Good Food at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
757 Laos Street Food at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.

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