This week in NFK: Rosna Theater, Rent Prices, Pastrami Cheesesteak, Returned Checks, and more.

by | Jul 8, 2022

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The Ohio Creek mega project in Chesterfield Heights shows a slice of Norfolk’s future as the Army Corp of Engineers plans more flood infrastructure. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

The City of Norfolk announced plans to turn the Rosna Theater on 35th Street into Norfolk Boxing’s permanent home. Rip it. 

The Norfolk Economic Development Authority returned three $100,000 deposit checks to developers as the Military Circle project selection progresses slower than expected. Rip it. 

Interim Police Chief Michael Goldsmith announced a reorganization of the department which includes moving additional officers into patrol roles and improved reporting systems. Rip it.

The City of Norfolk announced plans to purchase an EVMS building in the Hague in partnership with the Chrysler Museum. Rip it. 

City Council will consider increasing the number of NRHA commissioners from 7 to 9 amid controversy on out-of-state projects. Rip it. 

The Elizabeth River Trail broke ground on a section of glow-in-the-dark trail along Robertson Park. Rip it.

An initiative led by RISE has resulted in thousands of drivers being routed away from flooded streets with new flood data integrated into Waze. Rip it. 

A committee of Norfolk Historical Society members and City officials met this week to start conversations about the historic Taylor house, circa 1791. Rip it. 

The Norfolk Tides are temporarily changing their name and uniforms to honor the iconic Mid-Atlantic Orange Crushes. Rip it. 

Kimberly Selden and Virginia Thornton have started the Black Girl’s Tennis Club, to provide young black women with free tennis clinics and diversify the courts. Rip it.


Infinite Variations: The works of M.C. Escher are dazzling crowds at Chrysler Museum. (NFK Currents Orginal). Article. Video. Rip it.

Roberto Lugo, an acclaimed artist, activist, educator, and poet, showcases his hand-thrown ceramics at Hermitage Museum and Garden through the summer. (NFK Currents Original Video) Rip it.

Aimee Bruch hosts “Elevate and Create” night at Slowdive Gallery on the 14th. Rip it. 

Virginia Stage Company has released its 2023 schedule including The Hobbit, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Henry V, and more. Rip it. 

NashFest by Festevents officially has a headliner: Eric Pasalay. Rip it. 

Offsite Gallery has an open call for exhibition proposals for 2023. Rip it.

The Generic Theater presents School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play through July. Rip it.

The Hermitage Museum is looking for artists for their Hermitage Handmade Festival coming up this fall. Rip it.

The Hurrah Players host Jam Daddies and Ben Branigan for a fundraiser on July 31st. Rip it. 

Catch Al Doms on Rap Portraits. Rip it.

Don’t miss all the upcoming book clubs at Eleanor’s Book and Bottle shop. Rip it. 

A television series is casting for a pilot episode to be filmed in the area. Rip it.
Currently on Display:
The Totality of Time Lusters the Dusk at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
MC Escher: Infinite Variations at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Motion / Emotion at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
Hirata Gōyō: The Birth of the Japanese Art Doll at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
Oil Paintings by Rick Seguso at Gallery 21. (Last Weekend) Rip it.
Roberto Lugo: Pottery With Purpose. Rip it.
Drones at Nauticus. Rip it.


Eleanor’s Norfolk, an intersectional bookstore and bottle shop has found success in building community. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

Norfolk saw the largest percent increase in rent prices in June (6.2%) in the country according to Zumper. Norfolk ranked 60th for overall rent price. Rip it. 

Movement is Medicine has opened a new physical therapy office off Colley Ave. Rip it. 

Selden Market and Velvet Witch are looking for vendors for their upcoming New Moon Market. Rip it. 

Rayquan Smith, a standout decathlete at Norfolk State, has landed more than 70 Name, Image, and Likeness deals or sponsorships. Rip it.

ORF and other regional airports are not reporting the long lines, staffing shortages, or flight problems seen across the country. Rip it. 

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission says that investment managers of the Virginia 529 fund are not reaching benchmarks. Rip it. 

The Local Energy Alliance Program, a nonprofit focused on energy efficiency, has expanded to Hampton Roads. Federal solar tax credits drop 4% next year. Rip it. 

This Black-owned boat rental company is taking the waterways by storm. Rip it.


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Norfolk Currents and Smartmouth announced NFK Day, a celebration of the most Norfolk things, on July 23rd. More details coming soon. Rip it.
Merci, Red Weather, Longsleeves, and Captive Birds come to Slowdive Gallery on July 30th. Rip it.

Panties in a Twist, the all-female sketch comedy show by Push Comedy, celebrates 10 years with a two-night showing at the Norva in August. Rip it.

The Ocean View Storm the Bay Race Series is on the books for October 8th. Rip it. 

Next week catch Private Hell, Bato, Love Gun, Frederik’s Dead, and State of Emergency performing from Shark City Barbell. Rip it.

Tidewater Blue’z and Barbecue supporting Hope House Foundation goes down July 23rd. 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.
Friday Happy Hour Wine Tasting with Vino Culture. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
“Access & Extension” by Mensah Bey Opening Reception at Offsite Gallery. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
Black BRAND Velocity Networking at Gather. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
U-Nite: Summer Movie Series (Her, 2013) at Barry Art Museum. 5:30 pm. Rip it.
Portrayed Exhibition Reception at d’Art Center. 5:30 pm. Rip it. 
Skylark with Skip Hancock performs live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Intro to Paganism at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Leonard Rex performs live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Maison Soleil Grand Opening at 1611A Colley Avenue. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Marty C. Moore performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Roberto Lugo Exhibit—Curator Night at Hermitage Museum. 6:30 pm. Rip it. 
Lundi “In Spite Of” Album Release Party at Slowdive Gallery. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Aaron Fulcher performs live at Bold Mariner Brewing. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Family Twilight Trek at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Tales from the Campfire at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls live at Generic Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.  
Virginia Leatherwomen United at MJ’s Tavern. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Buck Moon Esbat at Mystic Moon of Norfolk. 8:15 pm. Rip it. 
Late Night Ladies Ride departing Smartmouth. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Groove Theory at Slowdive Gallery. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Aaron Firestone performs live at Grain. 9:30 pm. Rip it.
Teacher’s Pet Improv Show at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

ERT Fun Ride with Pedego Electric Bikes. 7:00  pm. Rip it.
Send It! Road Ride with East Coast Cycles. 8:00 am. Rip it.
East Beach Farmers Market at 9680 Shore Drive. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Volunteer Litter Cleanup at Harbor Park. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Farmers Market at Sunset Grill. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Yoga + Coffee at Coalescence with Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
JLNVB Recruitment Social at Cure Coffee. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Hurrah Players Auditions at Copeland Center. 9:30 am. Rip it. 
Girl Prov Auditions at Push Comedy. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Elation Brewing. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Live Life Fresh Boom Box Ride with Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it. 
Uncle Ty-Rone, the Kids Comedian at Slover Library. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Rob White performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Repair or Rework, Mending Workshop with Jamie at 757 Creative Reuse Center. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
COVA Summer Craft Market at Cova Brewing Co. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Nick Franzitta performs live at Cova Brewing. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Monthly Psychic Fair at Memorial Spiritualist Church. 1:30 pm. Rip it.

Patriot Pong Charity Beer Pong Tournament at Waterside District. 2:00 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Taco Festival at Waterside District. 2:00 pm. Rip it. 
Summer Spark Day Party at Omegas of Norfolk. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
Music Match Bingo at Hank’s Filling Station. 4:30 pm. Rip it. 
Jacob Vanko performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Jame Ford performs live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Dahna Rowe & Jonathan Friedman perform live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Numerology Basics at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Haunted Norfolk Tour departing Moses Myers House. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Dan Pellegrino performs live at Elation Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Sunnyside Collective Nautical Nonsense departing Waterside Marina. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Couples Paint Night at 757 Makerspace. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Rachel & the JellyCats with The Feral Showgirls at 37th and Zen. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Illusions The Drag Queen Show at EZ Lounge. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Joey Bada$$ performs live at the Norva. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
The Unusual Suspects Improv Murder Mystery at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Fangasm: Nocte Covina Does Nerdlesque at the Venue on 35th. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Saturday Night Karaoke at Cogan’s Ghent. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Brian Grilli performs at Grain. 9:30 pm. Rip it.
Second Saturday Stand-Up Grad Show at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

Slow-Mo Sundays Bike Ride at Local Bike Shop. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Dustin Furlow performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Bhav Brigade at Sky’s the Limit Yoga Co. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
145th Wedding Anniversary Tea at Hunter House Victorian Museum. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
6 Artist Afternoon Exhibition at Hank’s Filling Station. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Illusions The Drag Queen Show at EZ Lounge. 1:30 pm. Rip it. 
Norfolk Taco Festival at Waterside District. 2:00 pm. Rip it. 
Derek Smith performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Traditional Irish Session at Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Big Bands on the Bay at Ocean View Beach Park. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Avatar, Light the Torch, and The Callous Daoboys perform live at the Norva. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Brian Pinardi performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it.

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


Meet the PB^2 by Bold Mariner, winner of the People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice awards at the COVA Battle of the Burgers. (NFK Currents Orginal) Rip it.  

Stranger Things-inspired beer is pouring now at The Veil Brewing. Rip it. 

Smoke N Grease is now a regular Thursday menu at Reaver Beach. Rip it.

The rainbow affogato from Cafe Mudita has caffeine, sweetness, and maybe even a pot of gold. Rip it.

All they had to say was Crab Florentine. Rip it. 

Ghost Kitchen added quesadillas to the menu in a permanent capacity. Rip it. 

Think sparkling tropical mango juice with a bit of brine and honey blossom when you pick up this new wine from Eleanor’s. Rip it. 

The birria craze has come to take on ramen. Now at AWOG. Rip it.

It’s Harry Potter month and Cure is bringing back the Butter Beer. Rip it.

Grills? Peaches? Somebody call Atlanta. Codex is slinging grilled peaches. Rip it.

Richmond-based Pit and Peel coffee shop is now open downtown. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Red River Smokehouse at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
DC Smoothies at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Burrito Perdido at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.

Hades Wood Fired at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Sour Street Pizza & Southern Provisions at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
La Cucina di Sophia at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Jay Doggs at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.

Prime 757 at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Bumbling Bee at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
PKS Treats at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Hades Wood Fired at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner 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.