This week in NFK: Unions, Nighthawks, Film Fest, Credit Card Debt, Sunnyside, Black Rice, Aloe Cocktails, and more.

by | Jul 29, 2022

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Five city officials, including 3 City Councilmembers, took a trip to Austin, TX related to the Military Circle development deal. Mayor Alexander booked a separate flight, hotel, and arena tour to avoid triggering state laws on open meetings. Rip it. 

The City of Norfolk wants your input regarding a new name for the former Tidewater Gardens area. Rip it. 

The Hampton Roads Alliance, an economic development group, funded via private and public dollars, is having trouble keeping all the cities in the region on board. Rip it.

Plans for a temporary casino at Harbor Park have been scrapped after an address snafu. Rip it. 

Some residents of a local trailer park struggling to find new accommodations as the park is slated for demolition. Rip it. 

Norfolk Nighthawks season is in full swing. Weekly at Youngs, Hunter’s, and Berkley rec centers. Rip it.

Some Norfolk neighborhoods have incarceration rates up to 5 times higher than the citywide average, raising questions about policing practices. Rip it.

Police funding in Virginia has gone up in the years since 2020’s movement to ‘defund,’ with most increases going to salaries and signing bonuses. Rip it. 

City Manager Chip Filer gives an update on the new direction of the Police Department, ensuring “this is still going to be a progressive policing department.” Rip it. 

Signs recruiting for the Norfolk Police Department were spotted in NYC subway cars. Rip it. 

Unions of public sector employees are gaining steam in the wake of 2020 legislation allowing collective bargaining for local governments and school districts. Rip it. 

TCC announced that tuition freezes will continue through the upcoming academic year. Rip it. 

The LGBT Life Center is working to get ahead of rhetoric in the Monkeypox outbreak as the disease expands in the U.S. Rip it. 

The URC, in partnership with 200+ Men and The Hampton Roads Workforce Council, is paying teens to learn life skills at professional internships.  Rip it. 

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities held an interfaith event this week amidst reports of anti-Semitic propaganda rising in the region. Rip it.

Due to high demand, the Downtown Norfolk Community Garden is planning to double in size in less than one full season. Rip it. 

Winds in excess of 60 mph on Tuesday damaged nine helicopters at Naval Station Norfolk. 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.

Tattoo artists from across the city and greater region are gathering this weekend for Tattoo Arts Festival. 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.

LAVA MiniFest is taking over the Toast / Perro Blanco side lot with a 14-band lineup on August 27th. Rip it.

Musicians and vocalists get together for an open jam session at Slowdive Gallery this Friday. Rip it.

The deadline for Norfolk Arts open artist call with a $135K budget is this Sunday. Rip it.

WHRO is organizing a classical music open mic night at the Chrysler. Rip it.

It’s the last week to catch Danthan Kane’s work at the Perry Glass Studio. Rip it.

The Glass Gallery at the Glass Light Hotel is bringing world class creations into downtown Norfolk. 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.



Maison Soleil, a fair-trade boutique emphasizing empowering women, is now open on Colley Ave. (NFK Currents Orginal). Rip it. 

​​Several localities in the region ranked among the highest in the nation for credit card debt. Norfolk came in at 16th with an average of $13,223 in debt per household. Rip it. 

The Virginia housing market saw a sharp 19% drop in home sales during June compared to June 2021. Rip it. 

Lumos announced an$83 million investment in 760 miles of ultra-high-speed fiber connectivity across the region. Rip it. 

After Congress passed a $52 billion bill to bring more semiconductor manufacturing to the U.S., Senator Warner says he’s in active conversations about landing one in Virginia. Rip it. 

Developers have bought a Gothic Revival church in Park Place with plans to save the building and no formal plans for future use cases. Rip it. 

A Spain-based metal-stamping company is expanding and moving its manufacturing headquarters to the region, promising to add dozens of jobs. Rip it. 

Fitch caught up with city actions and withdrew its bond ratings for the bonds that the City of Norfolk paid off early. Rip it. 

The Breedan Company, which currently has multiple development projects ongoing in Norfolk and surrounding cities, won several awards for their projects. Rip it.

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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.
Sunrise Yoga + Coffee On the River at the Pagoda. 6:30 am. Rip it. 
Garden Highlights Walk+ Talk at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Friday Happy Hour Wine Tasting with Vino Culture. 4:00 pm. Rip it. 
Celeste Kellogg performs live at Waterside District. 5:00 pm. Rip it. 
Harry Potter The Goblet Of Fire All Ages at Granby Theater. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Conner Pittman performs live at Cova Brewing. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Taste of VA with music by Anthony Rosano at Ocean View Beach Park. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Frank Sings Frank (Sinatra Cover) live at Varia. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Summer New Moon Market at Selden Market. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Comic Vince Acevedo performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Sunset Swing ‘n’ Blues at the Pagoda. 7:00pm. Rip it. 
Blurry, Mean Jesus, Stomping Grounds, Cabera, and Roaming Eyes perform live at Whitt House. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
New Moon Meditation at Aries Apothecary. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
The Improv Riot: Short Form Show at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Stranger Queens Night at The Wave. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Slowjams Open Jam Session at Slowdive Gallery. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Demons, Crime Line, Please Keep Off The Grass perform live at Norfolk Taphouse. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Late Night Ladies’ Ride departing Smartmouth. 8:30 pm. Rip it. 
Expand Your Mind with Gabe Niles, Hoody, and Startt at Slowdive Gallery. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Vince Kornegay performs live at Grain. 9:30 pm. Rip it.
The Improv Riot After Dark: Short Form 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.
Farmers Market at Sunset Grill. 9:00 am. Rip it. 
Kayak Volunteer Litter Cleanup at 42nd Street. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Hanging Macrame Planter Workshop at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 10:00 am. Rip it.
Sharing The Love Floral Popup at Love Petals. 10:00 am. Rip it. 
Live Life Fresh Boombox Ride with Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it. 
Eric Staab performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Reading is Magic with Rob Westcott at Slover Library. 11:00 am. Rip it. 
Music Match Bingo at Hank’s Filling Station. 4:30 pm. Rip it. 
Joe Grundmeyer performs live at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
SeamLess Duo performs live at Varia. 6:00 pm. Rip it. 
Billy Joel Daniel performs live at Grain. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Red Stapler Duo performs live at Ocean View Fishing Pier. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Family Paint Night with Off The Canvas at 757 Makerspace. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Famous Networking Event at Percolator. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Merci w/ Red Weather, Longsleeves, and Captive Birds perform live at Slowdive Gallery. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Improvageddon: Champions League at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
mewithoutYou and WHY? perform live at The Norva. 8:00 pm. Rip it. 
Saturday Night House Vibes with DJ Class and DJ Devine at Slowdive Gallery. 9:00 pm. Rip it.
Improvageddon: Summer Slaycation 2022 at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it. 
Ben & Friends perform live at Chicho’s Backstage. 10:00 pm. Rip it. 


Beach Cleanup with Bold Mariner Brewing. 8:00 am. Rip it. 
Late Summer Sundays at the Plot with Lil Truck of Tools. 9:00 am. 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.
Chris Johnson performs live at Grain. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire showing at The Granby Theater. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Lughnasadh Class at Aries Apothecary. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Jam Daddies with Ben Branigan Hurrah Players Fundraiser. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
State Champs, My Kid Brother, and Hot Mulligan perform live at The Norva. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons perform live at Chrysler Hall. 7:00 pm. Rip it. 
Charlton Phaneuf Duo performs live at Grain. 7:30 pm. Rip it.

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


Black Rice featuring shrimp and calamari is dropping jaws this week. Rip it. 

Life’s funner when you’re part of the club. Same applies to wine. Rip it. 

More retail at Va. Cheese Co. means more new noms. Rip it. 

Dark Cherry 2022 rolls into Kobro’s this weekend. Rip it. 

Fried lobster mac and cheese is here to brighten up your summer. Courtesy of Stony’s. Rip it.

Clinically correct cold brew carefully poured at Vessel. Rip it.

Local-made popsicles are here to make the heat joyful. Rip it.

Grab a bright strawberry lemonade on the way to the beach at Mahalo Poke House in OV. Rip it.

Margarita’s by the bucketload? Culture Lounge is doing it. Rip it.

If you get sunburned, soothe it with an aloe cocktail down at Four Eleven York. Rip it. 

This buffalo fried chicken cheesesteak is going to have Philidelphia switching to chicken. Rip it. 

Brussel sprouts blocks from Brambleton. Bring your buds. Rip it.

Best pasta shot of the week goes to Capo Capo. Rip it.
Food Truck Sightings:
Get Stuffed 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 Pizza at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.

Not Your Routine Poutine at Reaver NFK. Rip it.
Cast Iron Catering and DC Smoothies at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Shawna’s Rich Eats at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Sour Street Pizza at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.  
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-Q at Bold Mariner Brewing. Rip it.

A Bite of Maine at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Southern Provisions at Cova Brewing. Rip it.
Jay Doggs Hot Dog Cart at Reaver NFK. 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.