This week in NFK: UFOs, Nitro Circus, Christmas Market, Development News, NFK DAY, and more.

by | Jul 22, 2022

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Here’s how much candidates for Norfolk City Council and School Board have raised ahead of November 8th elections. Rip it. 

After Norfolk Currents reported (first) on the Harbor Park address change meant to facilitate a temporary casino, the City and the Pamunkey Tribe have canceled plans to use the stadium space. Rip it. 

Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority failed to shrink its staff as operations transferred back to the City of Norfolk, leading to a $1.5 million budget shortfall and dire financial projections. Rip it. 

City Council voted to require an NRHA subsidiary to seek projects in Norfolk after journalists revealed they had completed dozens of out-of-state projects. Rip it. 

Norfolk teachers received pay increases in this year’s budget and say more increases are needed, alongside transparency in pay scales. Rip it.

Norfolk School Board voted to stop public comment on non-agenda items at public meetings in a move that hampers community engagement before the start of a new school year. Rip it. 

Norfolk’s Elaine Luria led a prime-time January 6th Committee hearing Thursday as she faces one of the most competitive races in the country in a redrawn district. Rip it. 

As heat indexes hit triple digits, Norfolk has several cooling centers for residents in need of a break. Rip it. 

Work continues on a glow-in-the-dark trail section of the ERT with designs of fiddlehead ferns included. Rip it. 

A buoy was placed off the Norfolk coast to monitor for North Atlantic right whales, of which only 336 are known to remain. Rip it. 

Norfolk Nighthawks basketball program is trying to cut crime by giving young folks a better outlet. Rip it. 

The Commonwealth of Virginia has launched a new emergency number, 988, that connects callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Rip it.  

Taylor Heinicke held his first ever 7-on-7 passing camp for 1,500 young athletes last week. Rip it.

Old Dominion cornerback Tobias Harris was selected to the East-West Shrine Bowl 1000. Rip it.


9:16 Mobile-Focused Film Fest is now accepting submissions from creators who want to fill the world’s most popular canvas. Rip it. 
Community Witch, You’re Jovian, Long Division, Billy Mercury & the Groovment, and Gabe Niles perform live at NFK Day on Saturday. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it. 

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

Longtime film critic Mal Vincent’s summer screening series at Naro Cinema is set to continue this year as a tribute to the now-passed legend. Rip it.

Demons, Crime Line, and Please Keep Off The Grass rock the Norfolk Taphouse on July 29. Rip it.

Merci, Red Weather, Longsleeves, and Captive Birds come to Norfolk on July 30th. Rip it.

The Hurrah Players perform a show featuring the fictional children of Disney villains this weekend. Rip it.

7 Cities Sharks Rap Battle League hosts Levels battle on August 13th. Rip it.

Mean Jesus, ShotClock, Shehehe, and Song of Praise prepare to rock out Slowdive in September. Rip it.

Currently on Display:
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.
Roberto Lugo: Pottery With Purpose. Rip it.
Drones at Nauticus. Rip it.



A year-round farmers market has made its way to Norfolk, and it’s more than groceries. (NFK Currents Orginal). Rip it. 
Bruce Smith’s “78 at St. Paul” development project was approved by City Council and will move forward. Rip it. 

Former DePaul hospital may become apartments, as developer Buddy Gadams has the property under contract. Rip it.

The region’s hotel market has more than recovered from the pandemic, with revenues 18% higher than in the same period of 2019, while Northern Virginia hotel revenues are down 23.5%. Rip it. 

A 104-unit apartment complex on Old Ocean View Road sold for $12.8 million to Cleghorn Captial. Rip it.

Eggleston Services is expanding with a Newport News wellness center. Rip it. 

Norfolk’s Tourism office completed Drive 2.0, a state-sponsored program to boost community marketing. Rip it. 

The Virginia Port Authority named new leadership and Board of Commissioners this week, with Aubrey Layne, former Va. secretary of finance, named as chair. Rip it. 

Mermaid Winery is set to move its Norfolk location to downtown’s Virginia Building, the former home to the Taproom. Rip it. 

ODU EVMS merger conversations seem to be progressing with the hire of a Chief Integration Officer (salary: $425,000). Rip it. 

The National Apartment Association announced that S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co. is a winner of the 2022 NAA Top Employers Awards. Rip it. 

Developer Lawson Companies reaches a half-century milestone as they relocate into a new office with 10,000 sq ft in downtown Norfolk. Rip it.

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Christmas lands at Reaver Beach with a huge “Christmas in July” vendor market. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it. 

Norfolk Currents and Smartmouth are hosting NFK Day, a free all-day street party, next Saturday with over a dozen local vendors, DJ sets, four bands, and a ton of food. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it.

Sunnyside Collective presents Nautical Nonsense summer boat party on August 6th. 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.

Unite Slover celebrates pride and diversity on August 12th. Rip it.

LAVA MiniFest is back at Toast with 14 musical acts and all the energy on August 27th. Rip it.

Nitro Circus is coming to Harbor Park on August 27th with pit bike jousting, flying pigs, and stuntmen doing a backflip on a couch. 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. 
Tidewater Roundnet Summer Slam at Poplar Hall Park. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Friday Happy Hour Wine Tasting with Vino Culture. 4:00 pm. Rip it. 
Allegra Duchaine performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
Magical Roots & Herbs at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Travis Colby performs live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
James Ford performs live at Stripers Waterside. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
The Bay Rats perform live at Cova Brewing Co. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Elizabeth River Trail Walking Tour of Plum Point Park and Chelsea. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Disney’s Descendants: The Musical at Well’s Theater. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Bubbles & Champagne Wine Class at Vino Culture. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
The Dollyrots and Don’t Panic perform live at Norfolk Taphouse. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Family Twilight Trek at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
Panties in a Twist Presents: Takeover Show & 80’s Prom Dance Party. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Late Night Ladies Ride departing Smartmouth Beer. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Scholaship, Fake Uzumi, Lex Lucent, and Zay the Ruler live at Slowdive Gallery. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Flashback Fridays: The Lost Boys screening at Naro Cinema. 9:15 pm. Rip it. 
Rn’R perform live at Grain. 9:30 pm. Rip it.
ERT Fun Ride with Pedego Electric Bikes. 7:00  pm. Rip it.
Pure Barre at Cova Brewing Co. 8:00 am. 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. 
Yoga + Coffee with Sky’s the Limit at Coalescence. 9:00 am. Rip it.
Farmers Market at Sunset Grill. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Bhav Brigade Yoga at Elation Brewing. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Botanical Bike Tour on the ERT. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Live Life Fresh Boom Box Ride with Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it. 
Comic Mime Robert Rivest performs at Slover Library. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Goat Yoga at Waterside District. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Grant Austin Taylor performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it
NFK Day Festival with NFK Currents at Smartmouth Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it. 
Summer Market at Cure Coffeehouse. 12:00pm. Rip it.
Kaboombox Band performs live at Cova Brewing. 12:30 pm. Rip it. 
Crafted Indoor Summer Market at Sky’s the Limit Yoga Co. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Ardent Candle Garage Sale at Ardent Candle. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Illusions The Drag Queen Show at EZ Inn. 1:30 pm. Rip it.
Disney’s Descendants: The Musical at Well’s Theater. 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Exploring the Mathematical World of M.C. Escher at Chrysler Museum. 2:00 pm. Rip it. 
Taco Fest 757 at MacArthur Center Green. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Jonah Ross, Cody Christian, Robbie Bradshaw perform live at Goode Theater. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
COVA’s Gone Country at Cova Brewing. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
Pride in the Park at Conscious Planet. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Christmas in July An Evening Market at Reaver NFK. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Music Match Bingo at Hank’s Filling Station. 4:30 pm. Rip it.
Norfolk Latino Music & Food Festival at Towne Point Park. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
ZooGrooves at the Virginia Zoo. 5:30 pm. Rip it. 
Skylark with Skip Hancock perform live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Talisman Making Workshop at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Paul and Chris perform live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Tailgate Down performs live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
JAG Duo performs live at Ocean View Pier. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Tidewater Blue’z & BBQ House Concert with Hope House. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
August Burns Red, We Came As Romans, Hollow Front, Void Of Vision live at The Norva. 6:45 pm. Rip it. 
Men’s Paint Night with Off The Canvas at 757 Makerspace. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Urban Design: A Downtown Norfolk Walking Tour departing Slover Library. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Chris Morrow performs live at Willoughby By The Bay. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Bob James performs live at Harrison Opera House. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Brasswind performs live at WAterside. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Pushing Dragons: An Improvised D&D Adventure at Push Comedy. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
California Beach Theme party with Vinny Del Sol, Loplex, Dafelle, and DJ Supladies at Slowdive Gallery. 9:00 pm. Rip it. 
Brian Shultz Duo performs live at Grain. 9:30 pm. Rip it. 
DJ Aneudy, DJ Nava and more perform live at Waterside District. 10:00 pm. Rip it.


Slow-Mo Sundays Bike Ride at Local Bike Shop. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Beginner Kung Fu and Fitness Training at Gym Downtown. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Sunday Jazz Brunch at Town Point Club. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Pottery Open House Party at Hermitage Musuem and Gardens. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Dustin Furlow performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Paul Urban performs live at Cova Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Red Cross Blood Drive at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Peace and Pints: Bhav Brigade Yoga at Smartmouth Brewing. 1:00 pm. Rip it. 
Disney’s Descendants: The Musical at Well’s Theater. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
The Brightsmiths perform live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 3:00 pm. Rip it. 
Marty C. Moore performs live at Benchtop Brewing. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Summer nights: Art and Culture Festival at Soiree Bistro. 5:30 pm. Rip it. 
6th Annual Virginia Symphony Orchestra Concert at Town Point Park. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
South Side Little BIG Band performs live at OV Beach Park. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Cody Stageberg performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it.

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


It’s Restaurant Week through Sunday at over a dozen restaurants in Downtown Norfolk. (NFK Currents Original) Rip it. 

Ghost Kitchen is bringing Norfolk Snap Dogs, Buss Down Boils is bringing seafood, and My Mamas Kitchen & Smoke N Grease are bringing classic comfort foods. The food lineup at NFK Day is legit. (NFK Currents Original). Rip it. 

Butter Beers are on deck for all the potter fans at Cure Coffeehouse. Rip it. 

Sparkling lavender lemonade is on deck for these sweltering days at Cafe Milo. Rip it.

The peach craze is spreading. Get ’em with nduja, mozz, lil sauce, & hot honey on a pizza at Lil Za. Rip it.

The Long Reign and a Cocojito headline the summer cocktail menu at Prime 255. Rip it. 

Limited-time croissants stuffed with cream and tropical fruits are flying off the shelf at Chelsea Bakehouse. Rip it. 

The Paddock is bringing more food trucks to the Chelsea district and fueling the midday crowd. Rip it. 

Philly Cheesesteak egg rolls are the snack you didn’t know you needed. Rip it.

Grab an Ube cold brew milkshake from Shake It Up Shakes in Selden Market for a treat that’s as visually pleasing as it is tasty. Rip it.

Guacamole night is hitting OV. Mudita Cafe is smashing the avocados. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Not Your Routine Poutine at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Moontide Sundries & Big Belly at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
A Bite of Maine at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.

Not Your Routine Poutine at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Cast Iron Catering at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Big Belly at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Hades Wood Fired at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Ghost Kitchen, My Mama’s Kitchen, Buss Down Boils, & Smoke N Grease 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.
Hashi Chow at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Hades Wood Fired at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.

Paul Stetson Rice

Chelsea, NFK

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.