This week in NFK: Santarchy, Naughty or Nice, Krampus, A Murder of Crows, Shmurda On Tour, and more.

by | Dec 2, 2022

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Got questions about your city? Ask us in the comments or DMs, and we’ll answer in video over the next few days. Rip it.

City Council approved $1.7 million purchase of a former laundromat in Ocean View. Rip it.

See the preliminary designs for the expanded Ocean View Beach Park. Rip it. 

Ahead of a special election in Senate District 7, former delegate Cheryl Turpin is suing the Democratic Party of Virginia for an allegedly unfair process. Rip it. 

The City is considering selling several historic single-family homes that are balance sheet liabilities and require significant repairs. Rip it. 

Former Councilman Paul Riddick said the City’s racial insensitivities are sending it back to 1972 and reflected on throwing ham at a store clerk. Rip it. 

As traditional flu season begins, regional wastewater processors are seeing higher rates of Covid-19. Rip it. 

As economic pain hits our community, more people are turning to theft and are targeting high-income neighborhoods. Rip it.

Norfolk Naval Shipyard discovered an unexploded ordinance, possibly dating to WW2 on a barge this week. Rip it. 

Jamar K. Walker could become the first openly gay federal district judge in Virginia if the U.S. Senate confirms him. Rip it. 

The Virginia NAACP says that records retrieved from Attorney Generals’ office indicate that an “Election Integrity Unity” was not staffed or active. Rip it. 

Non-cooperative witnesses have stifled prosecution of the alleged Chicho’s shooter. Rip it. 

The Eastern District of Virginia, which includes Norfolk, witnessed the first monkeypox death in the Commonwealth this week. Rip it. 

Following the second mass shooting in Virginia, Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin said his administration plans to propose mental health legislation. Rip it. 

The Virginia Zoo welcomed a baby cassowary bird and named it cremini after mom, Portabello. Rip it.


The Virginia Arts Festival announced a sensational 2023 season jam-packed with events expected to draw over 100K attendees. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

It’s the final weekend for The Effect by Generic Theater. Rip it. 

An exhibit detailing the history of housing segregation and discrimination across the region opens at MOCA this week. Rip it. 

Get the full backstory on the NEON District’s newest mural, Gourmandizing NEON. Rip it. 

Recap Bombadil, Berries, Logan Vath, and more at the Assembly Rooftop. Rip it. 

Brother’s host’s jazz artists Jeff Kashiwa and Brian Simpson for multiple show times this weekend. Rip it.

The CAN Foundation has announced a three-month artist residency for developing artists of all disciplines. Rip it.

Now at Assembly: Asymmetry, a two-person exhibition curated by the CAN Foundation. Rip it.

Hand-carved wood ornaments from Super Comp Studios are the best way to liven up a Christmas tree. Rip it.  

d’Art Center has a gift shop stocked with hand-made and creative goods. Rip it.

Leather craftsmanship is on full display with Werther Leather Goods in Selden Market. Rip it.

The Attucks Theater hosts a Jazzy Christmas with Marcus Johnson and Jackiem Joyner. 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.
Tedious Little Things at The Gallery at Elation. Rip it.


Gift Local! Here’s our guide on holiday markets in Norfolk this year. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

Shopping small? Here’s a gift guide for the NEON District stores. Rip it.

Chris Uiterwyk, Founder & CEO of IP Configure is the guest at the next NIC Unfiltered. Rip it. 

Stanley Sacks, a 100-year-old Norfolk attorney who has practiced since 1948, has been named the oldest practicing attorney in Virginia – and potentially the country. Rip it.

ODU received the 2021 DCSA Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence for its work in stopping cyberattacks. Rip it. 

More than 22% of residents in the regions say they had changed employers within the last year. Rip it. 

757 Startup Studios welcomes 18 new startups to its program, including several blockchains and web3 startups. Rip it.

TowneBank’s president and chief operating officer, Brad Schwartz, will retire on Dec. 31. Rip it. 

Norfolk saw rent growth of 7.4% in Q2. Rip it.

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Kick it with Krampus this Sunday at Maker’s Craft Brewery’s Church Street Market with Krampus. Rip it. 

This weekend Santarchy hits the streets of Norfolk with festive frenzy across the city. Rip it. 

Selden Market hosts a night market this Saturday: Naughty & Nice. Rip it.

Don’t miss the Vienna Boys Choir in concert this Month. Rip it.

The Fuzz Band returns to the Smartmouth Warehouse on Dec 16th. Rip it. 

Now through Christmas Eve, a huge model train exhibit in Selden Market. Rip it. 

Sail Nauticus hosts a lighted boat parade this weekend. Rip it.
**Please note that listed times are start times; many events run several hours**


Norfolk Run Club Friday Meetup at Yorgo’s Bageldashery. 6:00 am. Rip it.
Writers Coffee Break at Cafe Stella. 10:00 am. Rip it
Norfolk Currents Popup Merch Shop at Selden Market. 11:00 am. Rip it.
World Cup Watch Party: Serbia vs. Switzerland at Waterside District. 2:00 pm. Rip it
World Cup Watch Party: Cameroon vs. Brazil at Waterside District. 2:00 pm. Rip it 
Bad Omens: A Tour of the Concrete Jungle at The NorVa. 5:30 pm. Rip it
Derek Smith performs live at Benchtop Brewing Company. 5:30 pm. Rip it. 
PBR Freedom Fridays at Waterside District. 6:00 pm. Rip it
2 Year Anniversary Party! at Grandiflora Wine Garden. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
Travis Colby performs live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Plant Hanger Workshop with Bohome Style at Reaver Beach NFK. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Consequences of Magic at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Amy Kaus performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Steve Link performs live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.  
Friday Night Magic: Draft at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:30 pm. Rip it  
Young Professionals Night | A Merry Little Christmas Carol at Virginia Stage Company. 6:30 pm. Rip it 
Nightcap at the Museum at Hermitage Museum and Gardens. 6:30 pm. Rip it 
2022 ODU Madrigal Banquets at ODU Arts. 6:30 pm. Rip it 
Ghent Tree Lighting Ceremony at Blair Middle School. 6:30 pm. Rip it   
Friday Night Magic: Commander at  Atlantis Games & Comics. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
First Friday Yin at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
HRBOR Member Holiday Party at The Wave. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Weekly TBMA Bluegrass Jam at Roosevelt Area Civic League. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Taught by Tawana: Wines of Southern Rhône at Vino Culture. 7:00 pm. Rip it
The Effect performed live at Generic Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Connor Pittman performs live at OV Beach Tavern. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Muses presented by the Todd Rosenlieb Dance Company at ODU Rep Theatre. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
MonoMania! The Completely Crazy Improvised Play at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it
JAG Duo performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it 
Ultimate Roasting Championship at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 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 
World AIDS Day Walk with LGBT Life Center 8:30 am. Rip it 
Tacky Sweater 5k at Smartmouth Brewing. 8:30 am. Rip it. 
Watercolor Class at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 9:00 am. Rip it.  
Zumba with Rita at Mambo Room Cultural Center. 9:00 am. Rip it.  
Saturday Yoga at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 9:30 am. Rip it 
Holidays with Disney 2022 at Hugh Copeland Center. 10:00 am. Rip it
Live Life Fresh Boom Box Bike Ride at Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it
Vintage Market at COVA by Hank’s Vintage. 10:00 am. Rip it 
Photos with Santa at d’Art Center!. 10:00 am. Rip it
2022 Fair Trade Festival at Elation Brewing. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Mastering Your Money: Improve Your Credit Score at Slover Library. 10:30 am. Rip it
Body Positivity On + Off The Mat at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 10:45 am. Rip it. 
Soup Kitchen Bike Maintenance at 1st Presbyterian Church. 10:45 am. Rip it. 
Norfolk Currents Popup Merch Shop at Selden Market. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Santa Looks Like Me! – Photos with Santa and Community Toy Drive. 11:00 am. Rip it 
BigForestFire Solo at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it 
NEON Art Tour at The Plot. 11:00 am. Rip it
9th Annual Holiday Yule Log Bonfire & Christmas Marketplace at Town Point Park. 12:00 pm. Rip it  
Dominick Hankle performs live at Cova Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Slover. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Holiday Crafts at Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch Library at Broad Creek. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Dry Land performs live at Elation Brewing. 1:30 pm. Rip it. 
Masterwork A Storyland Christmas at SevenVenues. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Holiday Candy Making Class at Wine & Cake Hobbies. 2:30 pm. Rip it.  
SEC Championship Watch Party at Cogan’s North. 4:00 pm. Rip it. 
Shark City Live at Kroc Center Hampton Roads. 4:30 pm. Rip it 
Chris Ride Rocks Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Art Rowe performs live at Sunset Grill. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Myths & Legends: Witches at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
Sail Nauticus Lighted Boat Parade. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
MES Barnwood Signs Holiday Barnwood Sign Paint Party at Cova Brewing Company. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
Yugioh Holiday Charity Event 2022 at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Saturday Night Yugioh at Atlantis Games & Comics. 6:30 pm. Rip it
Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Gala at Sheraton Waterside. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Naughty & Nice Night Market at Selden. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Date Night at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it
The Effect performed live at Generic Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Bobby Shmurda performs live at the Norva. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
Silent Night Disco at Waterside District. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Trouble in Pushville at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it


Chef J Ponder Kitchen Take Over at Prime 255. 8:00 am. Rip it. 
Cookie Plates & Cocoa Mugs at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Slow-Mo Sunday Group Ride at Local Bike Shop NFK. 10:30 am. Rip it.
Yoga on Tap with Sky’s the Limit at Reaver Beach NFK. 10:45 am. Rip it.
Ghent Holiday Market Toy Drive at Ghent Farmers Market. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Ghent’s Second Annual Holiday Market. 11:00 am. Rip it .
2022 Fair Trade Festival at Elation Brewing. 11:00 am. Rip it
Norfolk Currents Popup Merch Shop at Selden Market. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Pokémon TCG: Weekly Casual Play at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
MTG Modern Sunday at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
First Sundays Reggae Brunch at Smartmouth Pilot House. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Arthur Rowe performs live at Cova Brewing. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Wine Class: Six Shades of Cabernet at Vino Culture. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Pokemon Open Play at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Red Stapler performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Church St Krampus Market at Makers Craft Brewery. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
The Effect at Generic Theater. 2:30 pm. Rip it.
Tour de ORF at Smartmouth Beer. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Pamela Brothers Denyes Book Launch at The Muse Writers Center. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Herbal 1st Aid at Aries Apothecary. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Steve-O: The Bucket List Tour at Harrison Opera House. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Soweto Gospel Choir at Attucks Theatre. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Fantasia with special guest Joe at Chartway Arena. 7:00 pm. Rip it

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


For decades the Organic Food Depot has been providing locals with the highest quality and hard-to-find foods. (NFK Currents Orignal). Rip it.

A Murder of Crows has landed at Reaver Beach, and they brought this 8% ABV Coffee Stout with them. Rip it

While Legrand Kitchen raises funds for their new home, they’re serving up Hoisin glazed pork belly just to make you jelly. Rip it. 

Waterside has an extra special holiday-themed pop-up bar for the very merry among us. Rip it.

Cafe Stella’s creamy polish sour rye soup with kielbasa, bacon and mashed potatoes is a perfect cold-weather hearty soup. Rip it. 

Pelon’s Baja Grill has their crowd-pleasing dishes under $10 for lunch. Wallet Friendly. Palate Friendly. Rip it.

Some classics never stop being great. At Codex, it’s the burger. Rip it. 

Turkish Breakfast every weekend at Grandiflora Wine Garden. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Hades Wood Fired Pizza at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Weng’s Kitchen at Cova Brewing. Rip it. 
Gavin Dishe’s at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.
Flipping Hangry at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.

Big Belly Food Truck & Sour Street Pizza at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
757 Laos Street Food at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Cups UP VA at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.

Sour Street Pizza at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Smoked Biscuit at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Cocho Gourmet at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Deutscher Imbiss and Gavins Dishes at Maker’s Craft 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.