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This week in NFK: Norfolk Currents Popup, Baby Rhino, Shakespeare in the Plot, Extended Tides Season, and Cox’s Lobbying

by | Jul 23, 2021


Meet the team behind your favorite newsletter at Norfolk Currrents popup shop during Norfolk Day Festival at Smartmouth Brewery, Saturday 12:00 – 6:00 pm. Rip it.

Catch up on the latest City Council actions from their July 20th meeting. Rip it. 

A new book by an emeritus professor at Virginia Tech claims companies like Cox have been successful in creating legislation to block municipal competition. Rip it. 

Norfolk International Airport is changing to adapt to growing crowds of returning travelers. Rip it.

Norfolk City employees are upset over chronic low pay, high turnover, and other persistent problems. Rip it. 

Norfolk was named one of the best places to work in local government. Rip it. 

Clean, a beauty company, is donating thousands of bars of soap to local nonprofits including the LGBT Life Center. Rip it. 

After a long pandemic construction, the community-built sensory garden at Prime Plus senior center is open. Rip it. 

This week the Mayor recognized the Norfolk firefighters who aided in the recovery efforts at the Seaside condo collapse. Rip it.

You can now get text alerts when trains are coming to Hampton and Terminal boulevards. Rip it. 

The Tides’ 2021 season has been extended for 10 more games. Rip it. 

NATO celebrated reaching full operational capacity this Thursday in Norfolk. Rip it. 

Meet the 1% of U.S. Olympians who have ties to the region. Rip it. 

Hampton Roads could see 14 days of high tide flooding, also known as sunny-day flooding, next year. Rip it. 


Norfolk Day Festival has been announced with a lineup of DJs, bands, vendors, and food trucks to be envied. NFK Currents will be onsite for our first popup ever. Rip it. 

Welcome to Eric Jacobsen, the new director of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Rip it. 

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra returns this week with a free concert at Town Point Park. Rip it. 

Jae Sinnett’s newest album “Altered Egos” is bringing down the house. Rip it. 

Don’t miss NFK Night Vespers with RVSH NFK And Seize the Zines

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. 


Grand Bay Advisors, a Norfolk-based hotel brokerage, handled just under $40 million in transactions in Q2 2021. Rip it. 

Huntington Ingalls will be acquiring Alion Science and Technology for an incredible $1.65 billion. Rip it. 

Virginia Natural Gas continues to connect customers with financial assistance needed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rip it. 

Norfolk Naval Shipyard recognized the incredible work of their OPSEC warriors at their quarterly awards. Rip it. 

Norfolk-based DroneUp has completed its first drone delivery. Rip it. 

A new distillery is planned for Colley avenue in Park Place. Check out these renderings from City Planning Commission. Rip it. 

The Virginia Lottery reported a 30% increase in profits this year with the addition of online lottery sales. Rip it. 

The Coastal Virginia Center for Cyber Innovation (COVA), awarded $750,000 in funding to teams at ODU and William & Mary. Rip it. 

Breeden Co., the firm behind several Norfolk development projects, named 3 new executives. Rip it. 

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**Please note that listed times are start times, many events run several hours**
All Weekend:
Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare in the Plot. Rip it.
The Capulets’ Speakeasy Ball at Push Comedy Theater. 6:15 pm. Rip it. 

Sunrise Yoga at the Plot with Skys The Limit Yoga Co. 6:30 am. Rip it. 
Red Cross Blood Drive at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Keeping it REAL[small] Sale Kickoff at d’Art Center. 5:30 pm. Rip it. 
Late ’til 8 at the Virginia Zoo. 5:30 pm. Rip it.
Mark Dunn performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Brian Girilli performs live at Waterside. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Amy Kaus performs live at Cova Brewing Co. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Michael Clark Band performs live at TGOV at Ocean View Beach Park. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Chris Morrow performs live at Willoughby by the Bay. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
NEON District Art Tour with Norfolk Tour Co. 6:30 pm. Rip it. 
NFK Night Vespers Zine, Art, and Fashion popup at Nomads NFK. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Mark Dunn performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Open Mic Night at Little Theatre of Norfolk. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Drag Bingo with Stonewall Sports at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Family Twilight Trek at Norfolk Botanical Gardens. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Joking Joe And Friends Comedy at Attucks Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Late Night Ladies’ Ride departing Smartmouth 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Glasgow Kiss performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Johnny Smallwood performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 

Saturday Morning Adventure Ride with Local Bike Shop. 8:00 am. Rip it.
Yoga + Coffee with Skys the Limit Yoga Co at Coalescence. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Pure Barre at Cova Brewing Co. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
East Beach Farmers Market at Shore Drive. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Pre-teen Improv at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Bike & Brunch at Starving Artist Cafe. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
757 Plant Swap – Summer Swap at Selden Market. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
River of Hope Children’s Program at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Family Day: Everything is Beautiful at Chrysler Museum of Art. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Elation Brewing Co. 10:30 am. Rip it.
BigForestFire performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Blues, Brews & BBQs Fest at O’Connor Brewing Co. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Currents Popup Shop at Smartmouth. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Day Festival at Smartmouth Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Improv for Teens at Push Comedy Theater. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Rob White performs live at Hank’s Filling Station. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Latino Music & Food Festival at Town Point Park. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio perform live at the Market on Monarch. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
Dan Pellegrino performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Neptune Groove performs live at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Cody Stageberg performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
Full Moon Party Cruise with Outwire 757. 10:30 pm. Rip it.


Ridin’ Dinghy Donut Popup at Local Bike Shop. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Sunday Dog Days at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Dustin Furlow performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Peace & Pints Bhav Brigade Yoga at Smartmouth Brewing. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
The Petal Wagon popup at Reaver Beach NFK. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
Sammy Lee performs live at Reaver Beach NFK. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
PC Duo performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
One Love Steel Drums performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Concert at Town Point Park. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
The Terry Chesson Orchestra performs live at Ocean View Beach Park. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
DJ Boisey performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 

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


Meet Ghost Kitchen, the new resident food truck at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 

Don’t miss Syd’s Fish Pig Cafe on City with Bite season 2. Rip it. 

Blue Marble & Son LLC was granted permission to build outdoor dining at 201 W Ocean View Ave, signaling a potential new restaurant in the mix. (R-15) Rip it. 

The first Kobro’s & Friends this weekend with the Perfect Play features the first Kobro’s cocktails. Rip it. 

Do you know the candyman? Eastern Shore-based Red Truck Candy has expanded to Norfolk with a location at the premium outlet mall. Rip it. 

Cocktails alongside worldwide food experiences? AWOG has you covered. Rip it. 

Potter month at Cure is still rolling strong. This week, Slytherin. Rip it. 

Sanctuary’s new Honey Jack is a perfect pregame to Shakespeare in the Plot. Rip it. 

80/20 brunch special Hangover Hash is a big mood. Rip it. 

Mudita Cafe is now open daily for all your beachside caffeine needs. Rip it. 

Norfolk Taphouse secretly has one of the best vegan menus in town. Rip it. 

Food Truck Sightings:
Umami Dogsg at Cova Brewing. Rip it. 
A Bite of Maine at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
Big Belly at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it. 
Weng’s Kitchen at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it. 
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 

Vang’s Sushi at Cova Brewing. Rip it. 
Ghost Kitchen & Bar-Q at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 
Hashi Chow at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
757 Hot Dog Project at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it. 
Pitt County BBQ at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it. 

Vuture Vegan at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
Luva Bowls at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Capt’n Crabby at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it. 
Lolly’s Creamer & Smoked Biscuit at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Pittsburgh’s Best at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it. 

Paul Stetson Rice

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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. Go Hokies!

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