This week in NFK: State Legislation, Basilica of St. Mary, Short Film Fest, Biz Closing and Openings, D&D Comedy, a PoBoyger, and more.

by | Jan 20, 2023

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The City of Norfolk is seeking community input on the future of outdoor dining spaces across the city. Rip it. 

As of 6:00 am Friday, the City of Norfolk had not posted public agendas for the City Council meeting scheduled for this coming Tuesday. Rip it. 

Norfolk Naval Shipyard has begun requiring masks again as COVID-19 community spread returns to elevated levels. Rip it.

$1.5 million in state funds are coming to Hampton Roads as part of the Virginia Eviction Reduction Pilot. Rip it.

Legacy Nightclub is applying for a new conditional use permit after the City revoked its previous one. Rip it.

A group of activists is petitioning the court system to impanel a Special Grand Jury to hear a case claiming that Norfolk’s Commonwealth’s Attorney has willfully failed the duties of his office. Rip it.

Funds for multi-use trails connecting the ERT to a larger network of trails are up for debate in the General Assembly. Rip it.

Here’s which state legislators took donations of more than $1,000 ahead of the start of the General Assembly session on January 11th. Rip it.

Bills to reform campaign finance in Virginia were voted down in the Senate this week. Rip it.

Virginia Senate Democrats on Tuesday defeated several Republican efforts to repeal a so-called “clean cars” law that aims to reduce carbon pollution. Rip it.

A bill to ban a type of menhaden fishing called “reduction fishing,” which is banned in every other East Coast state, failed to make it out of committee. Rip it.  

Several proposals in the General Assembly seek to fix the teacher hiring crisis in Virginia. Rip it.

Despite seeing improved road safety on some metrics, the number of deadly crashes involving commercial vehicles the region spiked by 75% last year. Rip it.

Just over 10% of “THC” related poison center calls in Virginia were linked to Delta-8 or other “synthetic” cannabis products. Rip it.

Virginia House Republicans voted down a bill that would have allowed for the medicinal use of psilocybin products. Rip it.

Sailors based locally continue to ask for better mental health resources. Rip it.

The Coast Guard is preparing a series of public hearings regarding the Spirit of Norfolk fire. Rip it.

Norfolk’s historic Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, founded in 1791, is one of several historically Black churches to receive significant grant funds for preservation. Rip it.  

C.L.E.A.N. Organization, a local non-profit, is honoring its teen volunteers with a luncheon featuring retired NBA player Joe Smith this Saturday. Rip it.

Over 60 volunteers served the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore packing food in Norfolk on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Rip it.
Activists are hosting a “Bigger Than Roe” rally in coordination with several other cities in the U.S. this Saturday. Rip it. 

The ODU Motorsports Team is preparing to compete as Whiskey Throttle Racing for the Baja team in Washington and as Monarch Racing for the Formula team in Michigan. Rip it.


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

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

WHRO will away its collection of over 20,000 CDs and vinyl records to pre-selected members of the public last week to make room for new staff. Rip it.

Festevents announced their 2023 season schedule this week. Rip it.
757 Headspace presents Open Floor, a choreographer’s showcase and photography market. Rip it.

Coming soon to Barry Art Museum: The Great Exhibition: Bébés at the BarryRip it.

Coming soon to ODU’s Gordon Art Galleries: 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. 

The Slow Jam returns, now scheduled at 80 /20 Burger Bar. Rip it. 

Don’t miss Song of Praise, Old Scars, Kircher, and Arms Bizarre coming to Norfolk Taphouse. 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.



Maia Chaka, Norfolk State University class of 2006, is set to become the first female African American NFL official. Rip it.

Lynne Seagle looks back at 30 years of leadership at Hope House Foundation. Rip it.

General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk won the $168.5 million DOD contract to repair the Navy amphibious transport dock USS Arlington. Rip it.

The Meadowbrook Civic League confirmed that Target is in negotiations to occupy the former-Kroger location in Ward’s Corner. Rip it.

Norfolk Public Schools Superintendent Sharon I. Byrdsong received the 2022 National School Public Relations Association’s Superintendents to Watch award. Rip it.

TowneBank finalized its acquisition of Windsor-headquartered Farmers Bankshares Inc in a $56 million deal. Rip it.

California Pizza Kitchen is leaving MacArthur Mall, a sign that national brands continue to struggle in the current retail ecosystem. Rip it.

Some groups are calling for an investigation into ocean floor site preparation for offshore wind farms after a spur of whale deaths. NOAA officials say there is no evidence the two are connected. Rip it.  

Norfolk-based WB Marketing was awarded with four 2022 Graphic Design USA American Graphic Designs. Rip it.

The International Festivals & Events Association awarded Norfolk Festevents five 2022 IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards. Rip it.

Planet Fitness is opening a new location in Southern Shopping Center on Tidewater Drive. Rip it.

ODU will deliver its Annual Economic Forecast on January 25th. Rip it.

Renter growth in Virginia outpaced the U.S. over the last decade with a 10.5% increase in renters in Virginia since 2011. Rip it.


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The Norfolk Tides have announced the start times for their 2023 game schedule. 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.

This Tuesday: Cocktails and Conversations with the Virginia Opera. Rip it.

Father John Misty returns to the Norva this April. 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. 
Sneaker Drive at 1425 Norchester Ave. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Vince Kornegay performs live at Waterside District. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Introduction to Felting at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it 
One-Eyed Jacks perform live at Sunset Grill. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
David Jones performs live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Young Professionals Night | The 39 Steps at Virginia Stage Company. 6:30 pm. Rip it 
Open ‘Mike’ Nite at Elation Brewing. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
Weekly TBMA Bluegrass Jam at Roosevelt Area Civic League. 7:00 pm. Rip it 
Into the Zoo Friday at Republic NFK. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
January Classes at d’Art. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Word Art Open Mic at the Muse Writers Center. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
The 39 Steps at Virginia Stage Company. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Friday Night Magic: Draft at Atlantis Games & Comics. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
RuPaul’s Drag Race Episode 4 Viewing Party at The Wave. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
The JAM! at  Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it 
Heather Edwards and Nathan Firth perform live at The OV Beach Tavern. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Saved By The 90s at The NorVA. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Pat Garvey performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Nate Sacks performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
Friday Night Karaoke at TNT Sports Tavern. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Blade Runner *Flashback Friday!* at Naro Cinema. 9:30 pm. Rip it 
Harold Night: Norfolk’s Best Improv Comedy Teams 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 
Weyanoke Monthly Nature Walk. 9:00 am. Rip it 
Hot Glass Heart Class at Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. 10:00 am. Rip it.
City Girls Walk departing Stockley Gardens. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Live Life Fresh Boom Box Bike Ride at Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it. 
Sewing Club at Fabric Hut. 10:45 am. Rip it.
Leg Warmers And Sliders at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 10:45 am. Rip it 
Art in Motion: d’Art’s 3rd Saturday Demo Series. 11:00 am. Rip it 
BigForestFire performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it 
Thank You for Being a Friend NAAC Donation Drive & Adoption Event at Reaver NFK. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it 
Culture by L.E.’s Pop-up Museum at Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch. 1:30 pm. Rip it.
Demo\/Talk with Bassist Victor Wooten at Norfolk Academy. 2:00 pm. Rip it 
Valentine photos to support Love Petals at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 2:00 pm. Rip it 
Build Bash x Matchbox Mash-Up at Pretlow Library. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
The 39 Steps at Virginia Stage Company. 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Nothing Special: Behind the Scenes and Between the Lines at The Muse Writers Center. 4:00 pm. Rip it 
Sensory Analysis Workshop at Vino Culture. 4:00 pm. Rip it. 
NFL Playoffs Watch Party at Waterside District. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Fun Time Trivia & Crazy DJ Music Bingo at Hank’s Filling Station. 4:30 pm. Rip it.
Comedy and Canvases featuring Justin Berry at Boil Bay Seafood City. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
New Moon Ritual at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Beth Turner performs live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Matt Holloman performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Admirals vs. Reading Royals at Norfolk Scope. 6:05 pm. Rip it 
Everyone Plays Night with the Norfolk Admirals at Norfolk Scope. 6:05 pm. Rip it 
The Chuck Prophet Trio performs live at Smartmouth. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Bato, Thought Control, Self Inflict, Prime Suspect, and State of Emergency perform live at The Taphouse Grill. 7:00pm. Rip it.
Robin Eubanks performs live at Attucks Theatre. 7:30 pm. Rip it 
Virginia Symphony performs live at Chrysler Hall. 7:30 pm. Rip it 
Pushing Dragons: An Improvised Dungeons and Dragons Adventure at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Serious Black performs live at Cafe Stella. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Pat Garvey performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
JAG Duo performs live at Grain. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
3rd Annual Onesie Party at 37th & Zen. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Saturday Night Karaoke at Pizza Chef. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
UFC 283: Teixeira vs. Hill at Waterside District. 10:00 pm. Rip it. 
Pushing Dragons After Party at Push Comedy Theater. 10:30 pm. Rip it. 

American Cornhole Organization Regional at Waterside. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Hot Glass Heart Class at Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. 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 NFK. 10:30 am. Rip it. 
Dustin Furlow performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Privateer Press Game Night at Atlantis Games & Comics. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Year of the Rabbit Chinese New Year Celebration at Benchtop Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Peace & Pints: Bhav Brigade Yoga at Smartmouth Brewery. 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. 
MTG Modern Sunday at Atlantis Games & Comics. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Singles Night at Brick Anchor Brew House. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
200HR Yoga Teacher Training at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 2:00 pm. Rip it. 
The 39 Steps at Virginia Stage Company. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Paint and Sip Party at Recovery Sports Grill. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Reiki Level 1 at Aries Apothecary. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
Fly High! – Norfolk’s First Pole Concert at TRDance. 4:00 pm. Rip it 
Music Bingo at Reaver Beach NFK. 4:00 pm. Rip it. 
Traditional Folk Music Jam at The Muse. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Brandon Peter performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it.

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



The OV Beach Tavern rolled out a refreshed menu this week with highlights like fried crab balls, grilled pimento bacon tomatoes, and smoked chicken white bean chili. Rip it. 

Commune Provisions is open again in the NEON District, and things are as crispy as ever. Rip it. 

It’s a Po’ Boy, it’s a burger, it’s a PoBoyger. Blue Ribbon BBQ is doubling down on its special this week. Rip it. 

It’s that sticky icky. Salted Maple craft lattes rolled into Kobro’s this week. Rip it. 

No Frill Grill has been around for a hot minute, but they still got it. Rip it.

Stockpot Norfolk has Matzo ball soup worth its weight in gold. Get it before it’s gone. Rip it.

Some classics never change. Doumar’s still serves the OG taylor pork roll. Rip it.

Smores donuts made a limited appearance at Four Eleven York. Rip it. 

Everything Bagel Reuben? Don’t knock it till you try it. Rip it. 

Oyster lovers, keep an eye out for this event coming to Elation Brewing. Rip it.

Can you find the elusive Ghost Kitchen ‘dilla? Happy hunting. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:

Gocho Gourmet at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
The Lit Auntie at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.
Boomerang Dishes at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Bakehouse Pizza at Elation Brewing. Rip it.
Aloha Snacks at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.

Miami Fusion and Sour Street Pizza at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Flippin Hangry at Reaver Beach NFK. Rip it.
Bakehouse Pizza at Elation Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.
Hot Boxx at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Rip it.

Hashi Chow Popup at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Souther Provisions at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Flippin Hangry 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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