This week in NFK: Ranked Votes, Little Concerts, Plywood Cutouts, Oyster Shell Taxes, Craft Lattes, Model Citizen, and more.

by | Jan 27, 2023




Meet the locals who want to change how we vote in Norfolk and Virginia. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 
After many scrutinized former Police Chief Larry Boone’s trouble in hiring more than 520 officers, interim Chief Goldsmith and City Manager Chip Filer now say that getting above 750 officers is not realistic. Rip it. 

The City of Norfolk reports the search for a new Police Chief has been narrowed to seven candidates. Rip it. 

The City of Norfolk is hosting drop-in public meetings to collect citizen input on outdoor dining spaces across the City. Rip it. 

A new dashboard shows responses to the 2022 Resident Survey. Rip it. 

HRBT traffic will soon be routed along a temporary bridge while construction continues on the expansion project. Rip it.

The Norfolk Botanical Gardens broke ground on its “Garden of Tomorrow” expansion. Rip it.

You can help the Norfolk Public Schools craft special education policy by attending an upcoming advisory committee meeting. Rip it. 

The Virginia Unemployment Commission currently has a backlog of over 96,000 first-level appeals pending. Rip it.

EVMS and NSU are partnering to reduce racial health disparities in the region. Rip it. 

Explore African American History Month along the ERT with the upcoming “Underground River” tours. Rip it.



The Hermitage kicks off its second small crowd performance series this Friday. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it. 

A locally produced film explores how movies have taught us how to pray. Rip it. 

Signs indicating historical Green Book sites across Virginia could become reality if new legislation passes the Senate. Rip it. 

The NSU Spartan Legion band won the title of 2022 HBCU Sports Band of the Year. Rip it. 

Dozens of bands are set to play at YES FEST, a collaboration between ODU and LAVA Presents. Rip it.

757 Headspace presents Open Floor, a choreographer’s showcase and photography market. Rip it.

Opening this weekend at Barry Art Museum: The Great Exhibition: Bébés at the BarryRip it.

Learn about the upcoming Gordon Galleries exhibit: Sam Bartlett: Low Stakes, Plywood Cutouts & Everyday ComixRip it.

The City of Norfolk has an open call to artists for a $10,000 project for a mural and performance event project. Rip it.

ODU is hosting its first-ever Short-Film Fest on February 17th. Rip it.

Demons, Prayer Group, Copperhead, Wandcarver rock Norfolk Taphouse next week. Rip it. 

Watch the Virginia Opera transform into their Fellow Travelers characters. Rip it.

Norfolk’s Original Indie Comix Expo returns on Saturday, February 4th, with a massive lineup of creators. Rip it.
Currently on Display:
To See a World in a Grain of Sand at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Reclamations at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Facing Ourselves: Mike Disfarmer and the American Portrait at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Cuyahoga River at Offsite Gallery. Rip it.
Tedious Little Things at The Gallery at Elation. Rip it.



Applications to 757 Startup Studios are now open. Accepted founders can get 6 months of free office space, 25 weeks of programming, and more. Rip it. 

ODU Economists predict that 2023 will show moderate growth for the regional economy. Rip it. 

City Council approved a potential music venue and brewpub from the folks behind Young Vets Brewing and Lava Presents. Rip it. 

Companies from across the commonwealth are gathering for the Mid-Atlantic Home & Outdoor Living Show this weekend – open to the public. Rip it. 

Dollar Tree, one of the region’s few Fortune 500 companies, is seeing an abrupt leadership change. Rip it. 

Restaurants could get tax credits for recycling oyster shells if the proposed legislation becomes law. Rip it.

Rocket Lab launched its first rocket from the Virginia coast this week. Rip it. 

As the housing market continues to slow, the construction industry is seeing more unemployment than other industries in Virginia. Rip it.

The local real estate industry is gathering at Chartway Arena for ODU’s Market Review and Forecast event in March. Rip it. 


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Doddie and Andy Gilstap Project headline the Breakfast of Champions at Smartmouth this Saturday. Rip it. 

Reaver Beach hosts the Bleak and Brewtal Strong Ale Fest next week. Rip it. 

Cirque du Soleil returns to Norfolk this weekend; catch it at Norfolk Scope. Rip it. 

Social Cycling NFK is hosting a bike swap at the Veil on January 28th. Rip it.
Kendall Street Company is on the way back to Norfolk as part of their statewide Kendall Street Is For Lovers Tour. Rip it.

The Ocean View St. Patrick’s Day Parade is set to return after 3 years of cancellation on March 18th, 2023. Rip it. 

**Please note that listed times are start times; many events run several hours**

Norfolk Run Club Meetup at Yorgo’s Bagels. 6:00 am. Rip it.
Yoga at Vessel Craft Coffee. 6:15 am. Rip it. 
Desistance Theatre Group Info Session at Freemason Street Baptist. 11:30 am. Rip it.
Commonwealth Multimedia Casting Call at Prime Records. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
East Ocean View Community Bingo. 4:00 pm. Rip it. 
Matt Holloman performs live at Cova Brewing. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Cirque du Soleil: Corteo at Norfolk Scope. 5:30 pm. Rip it. 
PC Duo performs live at Benchtop Brewing Co. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Kemet Basics at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Art Out Loud: Heroes and Villains at The Chrysler Museum of Art. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
LIVE from the Music Room x Torrin Purkett at Hermitage Museum and Gardens. 6:15 pm. Rip it.
Cardfight Vanguard overDress at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:30 pm. Rip it. 
Murder Mystery Dinner at The Granby Theater. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Soil Series Part 1: Volcanic Soils at Vino Culture. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
iStroll Moms’ Night Out- Line Dancing Classes at the Banque. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Weekly TBMA Bluegrass Jam at Roosevelt Area Civic League. 7:00 pm. Rip it.  
HR Pride Night Out| Fellow Travelers at Virginia Opera. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Into the Zoo Fridays at Republic NFK. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Friday Night Magic: Draft at Atlantis Games & Comics. 7:30 pm. Rip it 
RuPaul’s Drag Race Episode 5 Viewing Party at The Wave. 7:30 pm. Rip it 
The 39 Steps at the Wells Theatre. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Friday Night Magic: Draft at Atlantis Games & Comics. 7:30 pm. Rip it.  
Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute at the Norva. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Afro-Latin Dance Social w/ Class at Mambo Room. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Fellow Travelers by Virginia Opera at Harrison Opera House. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
The Improv Riot: Short Form Show at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Friday Night Magic: Commander at Atlantis Games & Comics. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
Glasgow Kiss performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Nick Gargiulo performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it 
The Improv Riot After Dark: Short Form Show at Push Comedy. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
Rocky Horror Picture Show! at Naro Cinema. 11:30 pm. Rip it. 

Weekend Long Run at Ocean View Run Club. 7:15 am. Rip it 
Send It Saturday Morning Group Ride at East Coast Bicycles. 8:00 am. Rip it 
Yoga + Coffee at Coalescence. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Cars and Coffee January Meetup at Uno’s. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Frostbreaker Disc Golf Tournament at Poplar Hall Park. 9:30 am. Rip it.
Show and Grow Your Prose with Professional Critique at The Muse Writers Center. 9:45 am. Rip it 
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Elation Brewing. 10:00 am. Rip it 
Jam’n Jamz Fruit and Nut Tree Giveaway at Lafayette Park. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Slover Chess Club at Slover Library. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Hot Glass Heart Class at Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Indoor Cycle Basics at Torch Yoga. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Masting Your Money: Prepare for Tax Season at Slover Library. 10:30 am. Rip it 
Live Life Fresh Boom Box Bike Ride at Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it 
BigForestFire performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it 
Breakfast of Champions at Smartmouth Beer. 11:00 am. Rip it 
Game Changers Exhibit at Nauticus. 11:00 am. Rip it 
Let’s Shine: Trans Resource Pop-Up at LGBT Life Center. 11:00 am. Rip it 
Selden Fam Jumble Sale + Hanks Vintage Pop-up Market. 11:00 am. Rip it 
New Year Pop Up Market with Hanks Vintage at Reaver NFK. 12:00 pm. Rip it
MF Bike Swap at The Veil Brewing Co. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
Fight Against Glaucoma: Expert Tips to Prevent Blindness at Slover Library. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
Winter Farmer’s Market at OBC. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
Digimon TCG: Learn to Play!! at Atlantis Games & Comics. 12:00 pm. Rip it 
Psychic Fair at Memorial Spiritualist Church. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Cirque du Soleil : Corteo at Norfolk Scope. 2:30 pm & 6:30 pm. Rip it 
Black Wal-Street Entreprise Ribbon Cutting at Expansive. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
The 39 Steps at the Wells Theatre. 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Crazy DJ Music Bingo at Hank’s Filling Station. 4:30 pm. Rip it.
Vision Boarding at Elation Brewing. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
Soil Series Part 1: Volcanic Soils at Vino Culture. 5:30 pm. Rip it.
Rose Petal Sage Wrapping at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Murder Mystery Dinner at the Venue at 259 Granby. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Mike Gombas performs live at Benchtop Breiwng. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Saturday Night Yugioh at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:30 pm. Rip it. 
Crosswinds Bluegrass Band performs live at Unity Church of Tidewater. 700 pm. Rip it 
Girl-Prov at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
Song of Praise, Old Scars, Kircher and Arms Bizarre perform live at Norfolk Taphouse. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
The Phil Collins Experience at The NorVA. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Rock’n Reggae Night at Chicho’s Backstage. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Rachel & the JellyCats perform live at 37th and Zen. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Glasgow Kiss performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
OK performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it 
Saturday Karaoke at Pizza Chef. 9:00 pm. Rip it 
IMPROVAGEDDON: Winter Warfare 2023 at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it 

January Beach Cleanup at The Bold Mariner Brewing Company. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Yogi Winter School at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 10:15 am. Rip it. 
Slow-Mo Sunday Group Ride at Local Bike Shop. 10:30 am. Rip it. 
Dustin Furlow performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Peace & Pints: Bhav Brigade Yoga at Smartmouth Brewery. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
MTG Modern Sunday at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Pokémon TCG: Weekly Casual Play at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Photographers Shoot Out with Dee Akright at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
The 39 Steps at the Wells Theatre. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Knot & Cord Magic at Aries Apothecary. 4:00 pm. Rip it 
NFL Playoffs Watch Party at Waterside District. 2:00 pm. Rip it 
Art Rowe performs live at Sunset Grill. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Model Citizen Popup Cocktail Bar at Crudo Nudo. 5:30 pm. Rip it.
Kaboombox Duo at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it 

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Model Citizen Popup is back at Crudo Nudo, now with mushroom hand pies, “Papi’s Lunch Break,” “They’re After Me Lucky Charms,” and more. Rip it. 

Crème brûlée, now in latte form, courtesy of the Parisians at Cafe Genevieve. Rip it. 

Lil Za wings are flying … out the kitchen for $1 wing night on Thursdays. Rip it. 

The Train Stopper craft latte is bringing down the house at Kobro’s this weekend. Pistachios, coconut, and cashews. Rip it. 

The Gnocchi returns to The Ten Top with garlic chicken, goat cheese sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, and more. Rip it.

Celebrate the year of the rabbit with Vessel’s carrot ginger latte. Rip it. 

TBH, we don’t know what kabocha squash is, but Glass Light makes it look phenomenal. Rip it. 

It’s the hottest club in town… Rip it. 

Sourdough meets pizza crust at Sour Street Pizza; catch ’em at Bencthop on Sunday. Rip it. 

Tabbouleh salad wraps are looking pretty crushable down at Stockpot. Rip it.

Vals, Gals, and Pals need to take notice of the Press 626 Valentine’s dinner featuring teriyaki fig jam salmon. Rip it. 

Empowered Plant Cakes is stocking up on the best plant-based sweet treats in town. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Weng’s Kitchen at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it.
Flippin’ Hangry at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Bakehouse Pizza at Elation Brewing. Rip it.

Ghost Kitchen, Bite of Maine, & Big Belly at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Kobro’s, O’s, & Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Hangry’s at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Bakehouse Pizza at Elation Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it.

Sour Street Pizza at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
The Coop at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Cast Iron Catering at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bakehouse Pizza at Elation Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner 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.