This Week in NFK: Winners, Lambert’s, Night Echoes, Target, Grass Beer, Bramble Slushies, and more.

by | Jun 23, 2023

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Election results:
Angelia Williams Graves defeated Andria McClellan in the Democratic primary for the 21st Senate District. It appears she will not have a general election opponent. Rip it.

Bonita Anthony defeated Kim Sudderth in the Democratic primary for the 92nd House District. Rip it.

Andy Pittman won the three-way GOP primary for the 94th House District. Rip it.

Alex Askew defeated Rick James in the Democratic primary for the 95th House District. Rip it.

Back to your regularly scheduled newsletter:

Downtown Norfolk Council is working on its strategic plan, catch our interview with Mary Miller, President and CEO of Downtown Norfolk Council (Norfolk Currents Original Audio). Rip it.

You can contribute to the Downtown Norfolk Strategic Plan by completing the survey. Rip it.  

Organizers are collecting petition signatures to establish the former Lambert’s Point Golf Course as a public park. Rip it.

St. Paul added 164 income-restricted apartments to the area. Rip it.

The Ohio Creek Watershed Project had its ribbon cutting this week nearly a decade of construction. Rip it.

Norfolk installed 172 license plate readers last month, here is more info about how they’re used and where. Rip it.

Students across the Commonwealth are pushing their universities to divest their endowment funds from fossil fuel-related companies. Rip it.  

Old Dominion’s athletic department had the largest total expenses and total revenue of all the schools in Conference USA in 2021-22. Rip it.

Norfolk State’s athletic department led the MEAC Conference in total expenses and total revenue. Rip it.

After the Supreme Court’s overturn of some wetlands protections, environmental law groups are concerned that the VA Dept of Environmental Quality will struggle to handle the increased workload. Rip it.

As is typical following large rains, some Norfolk beaches were closed for high bacteria levels. Rip it.

Norfolk’s new Police Chief says that crime downtown is down by 65% compared to last year. Rip it.

Longtime Nauticus employee, Ricky White, was recognized as Norfolk’s hospitality champion. Rip it.

Sentara is hosting a retreat this Saturday for cancer survivors and healthcare workers affected by cancer. Rip it.

“Black Barbers Promoting Black Love” is starting a program to educate local barbers on how to identify and possibly intervene in domestic violence situations. Rip it.

A Norview High student was offered $1 million in scholarships, beating her sister who has over $700k in offers. Rip it.


Catch a recap of the local culture you missed in the new series by Norfolk Currents & the Hermitage. Visual Arts. Music. Exhibitions.

Don’t miss the comedic duo of Dustin Noack and Ed Phillips (aka the Dumpster Dudes) at Generic Theater on Saturday. Rip it.

Every Tuesday this summer the Hermitage hosts Night Echoes, night programming to experience the immersive Echoes of the Heart installation. Rip it.

Hampton Roads choir Voices of Fire collaborated with Pharrell on a new single. Rip it.

The Norfolk Zoo released its summer schedule, promising at least 3 events every day. Rip it.

Sunny and Gabe put out a brand new music video and single: “Tropics.” Rip it.

Lundii dropped a new album, Hedonic, with credits from multiple local creatives. Rip it.

Shapes Everywhere, by Danthan Kane has just popped up at Commune Norfolk. Rip it.

Blvckhndz is back on the local scene after shows across the country. He’s playing at Chicho’s next month. Rip it.

Zines are back again! Mark those calendars for Norfolk Zinefest 23. Rip it.

Currently on Display:
Barbara Earl Thomas: The Illuminated Body at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight at Chrysler Museum. Rip it.
The Great Exhibition: Bébés at the Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
Perspectives: Modern and Contemporary Glass from the Waitzer Collection at Barry Art Museum. Rip it.
M/NYC: Rough Draft, a solo exhibition by Thomas O’Casey at Assembly Gallery. Rip it.
Delectable at d’Art Center. Rip it.
Shapes Everywhere at Commune. Rip it.
High On Your Supply at The Gallery At ElationRip it


ZIM American Integrated Shipping Services is moving it’s headquarters from Norfolk to Virginia Beach with a $1.5 million state incentive. Rip it.

A Target store in Ward’s Corner is one step closer to reality as it hits the Planning Commission docket. Rip it.

SVT Robotics won the title of ‘Overall Robotics Solution of the Year’ at the second annual SupplyTech Breakthrough Awards. Rip it.  

Chillis, faced with steep competition from Downtown’s incredible restaurant scene, will be departing MacArthur Mall. Rip it.

The U.S. Navy is offering $75K bonuses for recruits pursuing nuclear positions. Rip it.

Fast Track, a four-week early education program offered by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, is recruiting and training day-care teachers as shortages persist across the region. Rip it.

Sentara’s Health Career Camp is teaching middle schoolers about careers in medical professions. Rip it.

Regional Economic Stats. Port Stats. Labor Stats.

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Norfolk Snapback


Connect with creatives, innovators, and new friends at the Norfolk Kickback on June 29th. Rip it.

Celebrate PrideFest 2023 at Town Point Park on Saturday. Rip it.

Watch some community boxing and other fun at the 2nd Annual Community Day Festival presented by Izzy’s Corner. Rip it.

Tickets are now on sale for LAVA Presents next concert event on July 8th. Rip it.

Norfolk Latino Music Festival is coming up on July 22nd. Rip it.

Run Club Friday Meetup at Yorgo’s Bageldashery. 6:00 am. Rip it
Sunrise Yoga + Coffee On The River at Pagoda & Oriental Garden. 6:30 am. Rip it
Lego Days in The Art Room at 757 Creative ReUse Center. 10:00 am. Rip it
Sound Advice performs live at Sunset Grill. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Painting with Goats at Cova Brewing Company. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Miniature Manifestation Necklace Making at Aries Apothecary. 6:00 pm. Rip it
Wine Dark Sea performs live at Elation. 6:30 pm. Rip it.
Studio 54 PrideFest Block Party! at The NorVA. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Waterside Summer Concert Series – Wonderland. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Tenth Annual Pride Block Party at the Norva. 7:00 pm. Rip it
Open Mic Night at The Muse Writer’s Center. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Family Twilight Trek at Norfolk Botanical Garden. 7:30 pm. Rip it.
Foxymorons Comedy Show at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
DJ Amy Alderman at The Wave. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Edward Plus One performs live at Grace O’Malley’s. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Movie on the Lawn at St. Timothy Lutheran. 8:30 pm. Rip it.
Push Sings at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.
Naro Night Owls presents House (1977). 11:00 pm. Rip it.

Weekend Long Run w/ Ocean View Run Club. 7:15 am. Rip it
Send It Saturday Morning Group Ride at East Coast Bicycles. 8:00 am. Rip it
East Beach Farmers Market at Selden Market. 9:00 am. Rip it
CGWVA Hot Girl Walk. 10:00 am. Rip it
ERT Botanical Bike Tour – Downtown & Waterfront at Pagoda & Oriental Garden. 10:00 am. Rip it
Baby Goat Yoga at Waterside District. 10:00 am. Rip it
Chelsea Managed Meadow Beautification Day at Benchtop Brewing Company. 10:00 am. Rip it
Live Life Fresh Boom Box Bike Ride at Freshtopia. 10:30 am. Rip it
Yoga for Athletes at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co.10:45 am. Rip it
Toddler Yoga at Sky’s The Limit Yoga Co. 10:45 am. Rip it
Free RPG Day at Atlantis Games & Comics. 11:00 am. Rip it
Floral String Pulls at d’Art Center. 11:00 am. Rip it
Scotch & Soda the Lions, Book Signing at Kitsch. 11:00 am. Rip it.
BigForestFire performs live at Grain. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Intro to Machine Sewing with Mel at 757 Creative ReUse Center. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Meet the Maker: Osvaldo Amado of Raríssimo Wines at VIA design. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Club Inspire at Black BRAND. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Love Petals at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Hank’s Vintage Market at Elation Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Paws on the Patio at Willoughby Fish House. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
A Jazzy Good Storytime at Sweetfrog. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
The Storyweavers present Songbird – a Norfolk CASA fundraiser at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 2:00 pm. Rip it
Nadia Koz performs live at O’Connor Brewing. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
2nd Annual Synergy Dance Showcase at the Kroc Center. 4:00 pm. Rip it.
Crazy DJ Music Bingo at Hank’s Filling Station. 4:30 pm. Rip it.
Oyster Night at Ocean View Fishing Pier. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
TomKat at the Willoughby Fish House. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Derek Smith performs live at Benchtop Brewing Company. 6:00 pm. Rip it.
Scotch ‘n’ Rye performs live at Elation Brewing. 6:30 pm. Rip it
Coalescence Swing at Coalescence Coffee. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
Case 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop and R&B Fusion live at The NorVA. 7:30 pm. Rip it
Official PrideFest After Party at Waterside District. 8:00 pm. Rip it
State of Mind performs live at Chicho’s Backstage. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Dumpster Dudes: A Very Serious & Unfunny Comedy Show at Generic Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it
Girl-Prov at Push Comedy Theater. 8:00 pm. Rip it.
Improvageddon: The John Sharp Battle Royal VII at Push Comedy Theater. 10:00 pm. Rip it.

June Beach Cleanup at The Bold Mariner Brewing Company. 8:00 am. Rip it.
Summer Solstice Party – 108 Sun Salutations at Beachside Social. 9:00 am. Rip it
Slow-Mo Sunday Group Ride at Local Bike Shop. 10:30 am. Rip it.
Trashy Hour Norfolk at O’Connor Brewing. 11:00 am. Rip it.
Pokemon Victory Road – Monthly League Challenge. 12:00 pm. Rip it
Vintage Market at Elation Brewing. 12:00 pm. Rip it.
Plant and Vendor Swap at Maker’s Craft Brewery. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Six Shades of Sauvignon Blanc with Akeyla at Vino Culture. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Peace & Pints: Bhav Brigade Yoga at Smartmouth Brewery. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Vegan Caribe Lime Popup at Fly Girl Boutique. 1:00 pm. Rip it.
Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch at 37th & Zen. 1:00 pm. Rip it
Zane and Jan perform live at Mona Lisa’s. 2:00 pm. Rip it.
Queer Singles Party at Assembly. 3:00 pm. Rip it.
Music Bingo @ Reaver NFK. 4:00 pm. Rip it
Black Sacred Arts Music Concert at First Presbyterian. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
The Other Side of a Lie – The Gospel Stage Play at ODU University Theater. 5:00 pm. Rip it.
South Side Little BIG Band at Big Bands On The Bay. 7:00 pm. Rip it.
You Need to Calm Down Taylor Swift Pride Party at Grain. 8:00 pm. Rip it


Peaches and Cream tea will Cure your cravings. Rip it.

Sip on fresh cut grass, dried mango and papaya with The Veil’s IREALLYdontwanttoBU Enhanced. Rip it.

Wine in cans? Wine in cans! At the beer bar? At the beer bar! Rip it.

Mermaid Ice Cream looks like a nautical fever dream. Rip it.

Red Snapper is getting snapped up at Prime 255. Rip it.

Parisian Pastries meet cartoon-ish flavors: Fruity Pebbles and Cotton Candy Macarons. Rip it.

S’more’s Bread Pudding in three different flavors – woah! Rip it.

Carolina Gold BBQ is saucing up Norfolk Taphouse. Rip it.

Streats is serving salmon cakes that might give crab cakes a run for their money. Rip it.

Last Call: Vietnamese coffee at Cafe Mudita. Rip it.

Softy Sighting! Soft shells just rolled into Swell OV. Rip it.

Midsummer Bramble Slushy is ripping the beach vibes so mf hard. Rip it.

That’s plum crazy dog. Plum craft lattes at Kobros. Rip it.

You might have to mussel for a spot to grab these – Codex is staying booked up. Rip it.

Food Truck Sightings:
Shawna’s at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen, Daddy G’s Salsa, & Cast Iron at Cova. Rip it.
Hades Wood Fire at Reaver Beach. Rip it.
Sour Street Pizza at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.
lil’za Pizzaria at The Veil. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner. Rip it.

Crop Circle Gourmet at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Sour Street Pizza, Nacho Libre, Moontide Sundries at Cova. Rip it.
Big Belly at Reaver Beach. Rip it.
The Lit Auntie at Benchtop Brewing. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth. Rip it.
lil’za Pizzaria at The Veil. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation Brewing. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner.  Rip it.

Team Fat Kid at Maker’s Craft Brewing. Rip it.
Moontide Sundries at Cova. Rip it.
Get Stuffed at Reaver Beach. Rip it.
Hashi Chow at Benchtop Brewing Co. Rip it.
Ghost Kitchen at Smartmouth Rip it.
lil’za Pizzaria at The Veil. Rip it.
Bakehouse at Elation. Rip it.
Bar-q at Bold Mariner. Rip it.

The Ripcurrent.

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.