This week in NFK: Oktoberfests Galore, Dominion Power owes Virginians, Shaolinn’s new album, Bison Empanadas and more.

by | Sep 24, 2021


City Council Agenda for Tuesday, September 28th. Rip it. 

The Treasurer and Commissioner of the Revenue are on the ballot in Norfolk this November, here’s what they do. Rip it. 

The City of Norfolk received the ‘Triple Crown’ of awards for exceptional financial reporting. Rip it. 

The City of Norfolk is planning an overhaul of both the hardware and software that controls traffic signals,  allowing remote control of the system and producing reduced commuting times. Rip it. 

The Virginia SCC says the Dominion Power customers in Virginia should get a $312 million refund plus a rate cut. Rip it. 

Poplar Hall residents have started a petition against a planned development in their neighborhood despite large revisions to the project made in response to community requests. Rip it. 

The Urban League of Hampton Roads received $2.5 million to provide more accessible mortgages to first-time homebuyers. Rip it. 

Virginia expanded the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), here’s what you need to know. Rip it. 

September is shaping up to be CHKD’s worst month ever for coronavirus cases. Rip it. 

Ballentine Ave used to be home to a food desert, but it now has a fresh food stand 4 days a week. Rip it. 

Norfolk State University will be receiving donated funds from an online gaming company set to launch this month in Virginia. Rip it.

Fall is officially hitting the city but leaves aren’t predicted to change colors for a few more weeks. Rip it. 

Naval Station Norfolk is kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month this week. Over 16% of the Navy is Hispanic. Rip it. 

NSU’s Juwan Carter may surpass the school’s record for all-time passing yards by the end of the season. Rip it. 

The founder of Norfolk-based Roc-Solid Foundation is publishing a book on practical ways of dealing with childhood cancer. Rip it. 

After a year of progress, the HRBT expansion project has driven 200 pilings and is prepared for the arrival of a Tunnel Boring Machine. Rip it. 

The Virginia Zoo’s baby sloth is officially out of the house and on its own. Rip it. 


Hunter House Victorian Museum is bringing you to 1910’s Norfolk to sleuth out a murderer in their murder mystery “Death at a Funeral” this weekend. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

PsychTober Fest Brings Rock, Rhythm, and Reptiles to the Smartmouth Warehouse on Saturday. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

A new Garbage Horror Show set in 2854 opens at MacArthur Mall this weekend. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

Don’t miss local artist Shaolinn’s new album “Blackstone.” Rip it.

We’re loving these Nawfuk stickers for your bike by Super Comp Studios. Rip it.

The Bloomberg Asphalt Art Initiative is slated to complete its final art piece in Denby Park this week. Rip it.

The City of Norfolk is unveiling the first Poetry on the Pavement artwork this week. Rip it.

ODU will be hosting its 43rd Annual Literary Festival in early October. Rip it.

The Stockley Gardens Arts Festival, benefiting the Hope House Foundation, is back in action on October 16th and 17th. Rip it.

NEON Fest is on the books for October 21st and 22nd, celebrating its 6th year. Rip it.

Currently on Display:
Going Places at Nauticus. Rip it.
Washed Ashore at Norfolk Botanical Garden. Rip it. 
Work In Progress at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens (last week). Rip it. 
Alma W. Thomas exhibit at Chrysler Museum (last week). Rip it. 

SITE-SEEING at Slow Dive Gallery. Rip it.
Racial Inequality at Offsite Gallery. Rip it.
Homegrown at CommuneXCrop in the NEON District. Rip it.
Life and Limb at Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery. Rip it.
Fence Street Gallery in the NEON District. Rip it.
Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Karen LaMonte: Théâtre de la Mode at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.


Nado Garcia has been giving out free haircuts at Downtown’s VIP Lounge for years and doesn’t plan on stopping. Rip it. 

A new ‘selfie museum’ in Military Circle Mall honors black artists, entertainers, and athletes. Rip it.

Dirty Buffalo on Colley Avenue has completed a renovation and re-opened -just in time for football season. Rip it. 

Passenger traffic at ORF is tracking upward as we head into fall. Rip it. 

O’Connor Brewing Co. completed its promised investigation into toxic workplace practices and is taking corrective actions. Rip it. 

The Hampton Road Alliance is working hard to solidify the region’s place as the hub for the $100 billion wind industry. Rip it. 

Our Peoples 757 had its soft opening at a new Ocean View location this week. Rip it. 

Norfolk Economic Development is seeking a land lease solution for the Campostella Landfill. Rip it. 

The Darden College at ODU received $1.6 million to training behavioral health providers. Rip it.

Virginia’s housing market is showing some welcome signs of normalcy. Rip it. 

Cardinal Skate Shop is serving customers while having a blast. Rip it. 

The Navy is cutting 500 civilian jobs, although not all in Hampton Roads. Rip it. 

Regional Economic Stats. Port Stats. Labor Stats.

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WineFest is back next month at Town Point Park. Rip it
Don’t miss the ODU State of the Region events coming up in October. Rip it. 
Crafted is back with their annual fall market. Rip it. 
Tuesday’s are Moombahthon 757 Nights at Chicho’s Backstage. Rip it. 

**Please note that listed times are start times, many events run several hours**
Norfolk Run Club Meetup at Yorgo’s. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Yoga + Coffee at Cafe Mudita with Skys the Limit Yoga Co. 6:30 am. Rip it. 
Pumpkin Picnic at Hunter House Victorian Museum. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Kaboombox performs live at Cova Brewing Co. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
Historic Theaters walking tour Downtown Norfolk with Norfolk Tour Co. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Red Stapler Duo performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Fake Uzumi performs at Slowdive Gallery. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Beth Turner performs live at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Family Movie Night showing Boss Baby at Military Circle Mall. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Mitchell Tenpenny performs live at The Norva. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
The Improv Riot: Short Form Improv at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Late Night Ladies Ride departing from Smartmouth. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Brian Gaffney performs live at Grace O’Malleys. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Brian Grilli performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
Vertigo Red performs live at Waterside. 9:30 pm. Rip it. 
The Improv Riot After Dark at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it. 
Mount Olympus Toga Part at the Wave. 10:30 pm. Rip it.

Yoga + Coffee at Coalescence with Skys the Limit Yoga Co. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Family Build-a-Boat Regatta & Workshop at Nauticus. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
International Coastal Cleanup Day with Friends of the ERT. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
East Beach Farmers Market on Shore Drive. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Nature and Eco Kayak Tour with Norfolk Kayak Rentals. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Bike and Brunch with Starving Artist Cafe. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Live Fresh Boombox Ride with Freshtopia. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Bhav Brigade yoga at Elation Brewing. 10:30 am. Rip it.
Gear Sale and Giveaway at Northside Park Mountain Bike Trails. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Rob White performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
tHRive Orangetheory Fundraiser for Samaritan House. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Oktoberfest at Cova Brewing. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Two-Point Conversion with Reaver Beach NFK & Elation Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Snouts & Stouts with Pawsnickety Pets and Happy Pops at Reaver Beach NFK. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Oktoberfest at Benchtop Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Oktoberfest at Maker’s Craft Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
PsychTober Fest at Smartmouth Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Nutcracker Auditions with Ballet Virginia. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Bloomberg Asphalt Artwork Dedication with the City of Norfolk. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Esoteric Ramblers perform live at Cova Brewing. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Paper Aliens (Duo) at the Market on Monarch. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Death at a Funeral: Edwardian Murder Myster at Hunter House Victorian Museum. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Du Rag Daf at Slowdive Gallery. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Fox and The Bear perform live at Cova Brewing Co. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Dan Pellegrino performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
UFC 266: Volkanovski vs. Ortega Watch Party at Waterside District. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Travis Colby performs live at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Va. Symphony performs Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue at Chrysler Hall. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
RACE performed live at Generic Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Girl-prov improv show at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Brian Gaffney performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
DJ Mista Nice performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
Improvageddon: September to Remember at Push Comedy. 10:00 pm. Rip it. 


Sunday Dog Days at Norfolk Botanical Gardens. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Slow-Mo Sunday Ride with Local Bike Shop. 10:00 am. Rip it.
COVA Moves: Goat Yoga at Cova Brewing Co. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Dustin Furlow performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Peace & Pints Yoga with Bhav Brigade at Smartmouth Beer. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Botanical Bike Tour of Larchmont with Friends of the ERT. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Alma Thomas en Espanol at Chrysler Musuem. 2:00 pm. Rip it. 
RACE performed live at Generic Theater. 2:30 pm. Rip it. 
The Storyweavers perform live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
LAVA Presents: Your Jovian, Dysphonia, & Gnawing at Chichos Backstage. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
DJ St. James performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it.

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


Downtown Restaurant Week: Resilience Is The Recipe. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it. 

Much-loved Clementines in Riverview will be shutting down later this year. Rip it. 

Orange Italian Buttercream Cupcakes will put you on Cloud 9 at Cure. Rip it. 

Benchtop has two new German-inspired beers on tap for Oktoberfest this weekend. A Festbier with Bavarian fest malt and a Tormenta Negra based on a Munich Dunkel. Rip it.

October at Grandiflora will be full of German wines. Viele Riesling und Spätburgunder! Rip it.

The pumpkin spice craze hits mimosas at Stockpot. Rip it. 

Pear Orgeat Lattes are on deck at Kobro’s this weekend. Rip it. 

We need a Codex countdown clock. Give us the goods. Rip it. 

The Republic on Granby is officially open with Latin Caribbean soul cuisine. Rip it. 

When you stop by Talbot Park Farmer’s Market you can snack on a Bison Empanada Rip it. 

Calling all purple pastry people! Jack Eats is back at Selden Market this weekend. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Hangry’s at Cova Brewing. Rip it. 
A Bit of Maine at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
The Hippy Egg at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it. 
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 

Deutscher Imbiss and Sofrito at Cova Brewing. Rip it. 
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it. 
The Chicken Coop 757 at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Pendulum Fine Meats at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it. 

Smoked Biscuit at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it. 
Prime 757 at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Sour Street Pizza at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it. 
Get Stuffed at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it. 
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. 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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