This week in NFK: Rising Water, Falling Taxes, Rooftop Shows, EVMS+ODU, New Coffeeshops, Mighty Dreams, and more.

by | Sep 16, 2022

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$48.81 million in real estate (178 Acres) in Norfolk could fall below the “mean low-water mark” as sea levels rise and become untaxable. Rip it. 

City Council tabled several changes to nightlife regulations but passed mandatory conditional use permits for all new restaurants serving alcohol at a meeting with over 80 registered speakers. Rip it. 

Legacy Lounge is encouraging people to sign a petition to reverse the revocation of their Conditional Use Permit. Rip it. 

Culture Lounge is encouraging people to email City Manager Chip Filer directly as they dispute City actions that shut down the business. Rip it.

The City of Norfolk is hosting community meetings to discuss the future of Booker T. Washington and Maury High Schools. Rip it. 

The temporary casino near Harbor Park is anticipated to be a 35-foot tall, single-story building with 45,000 square feet of space. Rip it. 

Pharrell Williams announced a 3-day Mighty Dream Forum event in Norfolk to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. Rip it. 

A new drug and alcohol addiction treatment provider is opening in Norfolk with the capacity to help 720 Medicaid members. Rip it.

10 local groups received grants from the Norfolk Police Foundation for anti-violence programs. Rip it.

After the fire at Family Dollar on Church Street, a local foodbank is getting up a mobile pantry nearby. Rip it. 

Early voting kicks off on September 23rd, but the Virginia Department of Elections isn’t mentioning it. Rip it. 

The NAACP is demanding that the Attorney General disband the Election Integrity Unit. Rip it.

The Virginia Board of Education will hold public input sessions as they finalize new history and social science standards. Rip it. 

The Mace and Crown is reporting that ODU tuition has gone up 2.99% despite an announcement from Governor Youngkin that tuition rates were frozen. Rip it. 

Virginia had the third highest increase in traffic deaths in the country in Q1 2022. Deaths rose 72%. Rip it.

A ring of “Tinder-Swindlers” in the region were preying on sailors and defrauding them. Rip it.


The CAN Fest at Assembly continues this weekend with “Next Up: All Stars.” (NFK Currents Original). Rip it.
Peep The DJ is laying down beats that connect people through the groove this Saturday at the Hermitage Handmade Festival. Rip it. 

This Monda,y LAVA Presents takes over the Assembly Rooftop. Rip it.

Barry Art Museum brings Mars, a large-scale sculpture of Mars for the 2nd Annual Public Arts Festival at ODU. Rip it.  

ODU is hosting an undergraduate writing contest for short fiction, non-fiction, and poetry about Mars. Rip it.

Sentara is seeking an artist to fill a blank wall at the Brock Cancer Center. Rip it. 

Verb Benders Slam Team is gearing up for another round of qualifying slam sessions. Rip it. 

Bleu Being continues to drop the freshest gear in the 757. Rip it.

Tender Heart Tattoo is hosting an art show and flash event next week. Rip it. 

Super Comp Studios and High On Your Supply team up for a special show at Slowdive Gallery. Rip it.

Jerome Spencer, of local zine fame, is releasing his first novel with a party at Slowdive Gallery. Rip it.

Norfolk Master Gardeners are hosting two information sessions on becoming a master gardener. 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.
Roberto Lugo: Pottery With Purpose at Hermitage Museum. Rip it.
100 In The Spotlight at Gallery 21. Rip it.
“Places” by Charles Rucker at Offsite Gallery. Rip it.
Drones at Nauticus. Rip it.


Aubrey Layne, Sentara’s senior corporate vice president and chief of staff, feels certain that EVMS would affiliate or merge with ODU. Rip it. 

Towne Insurance acquired another out-of-state insurance agency: Lee-Moore in North Carolina. Rip it.

The VA Bankers Association, seven banks, and the Foundation for Community College Education is starting a Virginia Banking Fellows Program. Rip it. 

Sqwire, a Norfolk-based company, is partnering with the YWCA South Hampton Roads to teach financial literacy to marginalized communities. Rip it. 

Pro/Vost Construction purchased another industrial property on 25th Street. Rip it.

David Hudgins, a Norfolk commercial real estate agent, handled the sale on a $21.7 million multifamily sale in Farmville, Va. Rip it. 

NSU is advising students not to venture off to unsanctioned events, dealing a blow to the businesses hoping to do business with the student population. Rip it. 

Calling all vendors: New Moon Market is looking for the witchiest shops. Rip it. 

More vacant lots owned by the City are going up for auction. Rip it. 

Real estate prices in the region have fallen 4% since May but still up 6.4% since August of 2021. Rip it.

Sentara Norfolk General is hosting a hiring event this week. Rip it.

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The 7th Annual Hermitage Handmade Festival is packing the banks of the Elizabeth River with 80+ artists, food trucks, music & more. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

Next week Get Well Soon hosts Better Bingo at Assembly. Rip it. 

ODU’s 45th Annual Literary Festival is set to take over on October 2nd. Rip it.

Nauticus is rolling out its inaugural Sailfest featuring a sailing race, pier party, and more. Rip it.

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

Ghost tours are coming to the Granby Theater. Rip it.  

The Norfolk Street Soccer Tournament returns on October 22nd, registration is now open. 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.
Sunrise Yoga + Coffee with Sky’s The Limit Yoga at Pagoda Piers. 6:30 am. Rip it.
Doing Business With The City Vendor Fair at Slover Library. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Hampton Roads Datathon at Slover Library. 9:30 am. Rip it.
Ghent Farmer’s Market at Blair Middle. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Homeschool Day at Nauticus. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Natural Wine Tasting at Grandiflora Wine Garden. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Make(HER) Collective Porch Pop-Up at Eleanor’s. 4:00 pm. Rip it. 
Yoga for Repro Rights at Gud Yoga NFK. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance Sunset Paddle at Lakewood Park. 5:00 pm. Rip it. ​
Tides Pre-Game with DJ Canrock at Harbor Park. 5:45 pm. Rip it.
Brian Sagedy performs live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Local Beer Dinner at Grain. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
PC Duo Guitar perfroms live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
La’Quan Nock (Gifted Hands) performs live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
TA Gatling performs live at Ocean View Fishing Pier. 6:00 pm. Rip it. ​
Hooks & Hops Meetup at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it. ​
Family Twilight Trek at Norfolk Botanical Gardens. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Young Professionals Night at the Wells Theater. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
The Short Short Playwriting Project with Little Theater of Norfolk. 7:00pm. Rip it.
Taught by Tawana: South Africa at Vino Cultureorfolk. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Grant Austin Taylor performs live at Bold Mariner Brewing. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Open Mic with DJ Decisive at Boss Queens Soul Cafe. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Tides v. Charlotte Knights at Harbor Park. 7:05 pm. Rip it.
Wicked performed live at Chrysler Hall. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
The JAM! with Lemon Pepper and Sazon at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Light Night Ladies Ride departing Smartmouth Brewing. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Babyface Ray, YoungCrazy, Izzy the DJ and more perform live at The Norva. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Jan and Zane duo performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
The Cat’s Meow Speak Easy Party at 80/20 Burger Bar. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
Harold Night: Best of Improv Teams at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

Send It! Road Ride with East Coast Cycles. 8:00 am. Rip it.
Monthly Nature Walk at Weyanoke Bird Sanctuary. 8:00 am. Rip it.
Heart of Ghent 10K Race at Blair Middle. 8:00 am. Rip it.
Saturday Morning Adventure Ride with Local Bike Shop. 8:30 am. Rip it.
East Beach Farmers Market at 9680 Shore Drive. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Farmers Market at Sunset Grill. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Bhav Brigade Yoga at the Plot. 9:30 am. Rip it.
Saturday Yoga at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 9:30 am. Rip it. 
Embodying Social Justice and Self-liberation: Yoga & Writing Workshop w/ Bhav Brigade & The Muse. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Roots, Bark, Berries & Seed Medicine Class at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
CovaMOVES: Goat Yoga at Cova Brewing Co. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Live Life Fresh Boombox Ride with Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it
Jeffrey Lewis Poulson performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Ardent Candlelight Yoga with Sky’s The Limit at Ardent Candle Warehouse. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Art in Motion: d’Art’s 3rd Saturday Demo Series at d’Art Center. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Design. Build. Fly! at Nauticus. 11:00 am. Rip it.
10th Annual Neighborhood Expo at Northside Park. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Artist & Maker Market + Young Money Makers at Selden Market. 11:00 am. Rip it.
7th Annual Hermitage Handmade Festival at the Hermitage Museum. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Two-Point Conversion ODU Football with Elation and Reaver Beach Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
2nd Annual NashFest at Town Point Park. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
UGA Alumni Football Watch Party at Cogan’s North. 12:00 pm. Rip it. ​
Punk Rock Flea Market at Smartmouth. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Embroidered Pumpkins Workshop at 757 Creative Reuse Center. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Oktoberfest at Elation Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.  
The Taylors and Robbie Bradshaw perform live on the Carrie B. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Coastal Virginia Cigar Festival at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Elissa Wentt Book Signing at Prince Books. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Last Bash Maker Market at 757 Makerspace. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
ERT Walking Tour with Norfolk Tour Company. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Music Match Bingo at Hank’s Filling Station. 4:30 pm. Rip it.
Dahna Rowe & Jonathan Friedman perform live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Myths and Legends: Fairies at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Danny Jams performs live at Cova Brewing Co. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Samarra, Ritual Eulogy, Moral Code, Bankrupt, Stomping Grounds and Cabera performs live at 2823 Marlboro. 6:30 pm. Rip it. ​
Norfolk Tides vs. Charlotte Knights at Harbor Park. 6:35 pm. Rip it. 
CAN FEST: Next Up All Stars at Assembly. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Direct Hit, Mean Jesus, Talk Me Off, & Old Scars perform live at Norfolk Taphouse. Rip it.
Haunted Norfolk Tour with Norfolk Tour Co. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Allan Harris performs live at Attucks Theater. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Katt Williams: 2023 And Me Tour at Norfolk Scope. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Wicked performed live at Chrysler Hall. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Midnight in Venice Masquerade Ball in Downtown. 8:00 pm. Rip it. ​
Pete Hansen performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Nighthawks Games at three locations. 9:00 pm Rip it.  
Bachata Vida 5 Year Anniversary at The Granby Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it. 
Hey Ma! RNB Night at Chicho’s Backstage. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

The Marquet at Cure Coffeshop. 8:00 am. Rip it. 
Salty Dog Beach Walk with NFK SPCA at Cova Brewing. 10:30 am. Rip it. 
Yoga on Tap with Sky’s the Limit at Reaver Beach. 10:45 am. Rip it. 
Dustin Furlow performs live at Grain. 110:00 am. Rip it. 
Nuestra Feria 2022 at Ocean View Beach Park. 11:00 am. Rip it. ​
Hops for Hunger Food Drive at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 11:30 am. Rip it.
Norfolk Candle Popup Shop at Mudita Cafe. 11:30 am. Rip it.
Steampunk Tea Party at Hunter House Victorian Museum. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Elated Craft Market at Elation Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Caitlin Rushing performs live at Cova Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Pokemon TCG Casual Play at Atlantis Comics & Games. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Real Estate Community Blood Drive at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Todd Rosenlieb Dance Auditions at TRDance Center. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Tides vs. Charlotte Knights at Harbor Park. 1:05 pm. Rip it.
Red Stapler Duo performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
Conner Pittman performs live at Ocean View Fishing Pier. 3:00 pm. Rip it. ​
Cynthia Davis Book Launch at The Muse Writers Center. 4:00 pm. Rip it. 
Mishaps and Misfortune Cemetery Tour at Cedar Grove. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Wicked performed live at Chrysler Hall. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Dan Rosnato performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it
DJ Maya May performs live at The Back. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Get a daily rundown of events on our Daily Instagram Story.


How do you like them apples? A round-up of apple treats from around NFK. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it.

More coffee options in Downtown. Neptune’s Fury opened on the first floor of Dominion Tower. Rip it. 

Good as hell wood-fired pizza will be on deck at the Hermitage Handmade Festival Saturday, thanks to Hades Wood Fired food truck. Rip it. 

Snag a dried plum sourdough from La Brioche while you can. Rip it. 

$10 burger nights at Omar’s featuring wagyu, lamb, and beyond. Rip it.

Late summer corn with truffles for a limited time at Blanca. Rip it. 

The Ocean View Diner is rocking the beach with specials like Mediterranean Lamb Power Bowl, Fired Green Tomatoes, and Pork Belly Bennies. Rip it.

Scallop Escabèche and Fried Squash Blossom at Chartreuse Bistro. Rip it. 

Po’ Boy’s on the docks at Willoughby Fish House. Rip it.

Crab Cakes are commonly cooked, hardly perfected. Codex is gunning for the title. Rip it.

Friday at the Ghent Farmer’s Market: It Started With A Fig Jams. Rip it.

Unicorn poop and other freeze-dried snacks are popping up around town at Crunch On Snacks. Rip it.

Freshly made juices, acai bowls, pizza, and more fill the menu of Pit and Peel in Downtown Norfolk. Rip it. 

Moontide Sundries is back with another Supper Club, a 6-course tasting menu, at Assembly. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
La Cucina Di Sophia at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Burrito Perdido at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Sense’s Vegan at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.

Prime 757 & Get Stuffed at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
The Hot Box & Sweet Daddy’s BBQ at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Jay Doggs Cart at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.

Gavin Dishes at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Southern Provisions at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Jay Doggs Cart at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Hades Wood Fired Pizza 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.