Nik Wojcik - East Bay Editor

20 Apr 2019

With Beach Blanket Babylon Closing, What Becomes of its 100 Person Crew?

It is said that all good things must come to an end. With the announcement that Beach Blanket Babylon is closing in on the end of its amazing 45-year ride, three questions arise: Why kill off such a successful and beloved production? What becomes of the crew who so brilliantly

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17 Apr 2019

Daniel’s Caribbean Kitchen Plants Brick-and-Mortar Roots in Oakland

The tale of Daniel’s Caribbean Kitchen is the food love story we so desperately need. It seems each week brings another reason to mourn around the Bay Area. Losses of longstanding restaurants, bars, thrift stores, book shops, etc. come in rapid succession on either side of the bridge—one after another,

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17 Apr 2019

The Sideshow Showdown Could Get Ugly

Tension between the Oakland Police Department and residents who live in the city is not a new thing, neither are sideshows that have become fairly synonymous with East Oakland culture, but as the weekend events grow in popularity…and destruction, so does the tension. The standoff between participants and police are

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17 Apr 2019

SAFE Navigation Center Fight Highlights San Francisco’s Humanity, and Lack Of

On March 4, Mayor London Breed announced plans to build the SAFE Navigation Center at Seawall Lot 330. The concept originally allotted for 200 beds (with up to 225 if the space could be worked out) that would provide warm, sheltered spots for at least some of the city’s homeless

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10 Apr 2019

Pete Buttigieg Just Might Be President Pete

Pete Buttigieg could actually win this thing. I will first say this is NOT an endorsement; this is purely observation. I hold judgment until I see how candidates perform on the debate stage – that’s where they go to thrive or die and I’m looking forward to the show. But

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10 Apr 2019

Concord Pavilion Lineup Is NOT Helping the Concord Image

The Concord Pavilion lineup for the summer concert series is…well, judge for yourself. The April 20 kickoff concert is headlined by none other than Sammy Hagar. And not to poo poo the former Van Halen front man, but Concord is not exactly Cabo Wabo and we’re nowhere near living in

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10 Apr 2019

Blowfish Sushi Is Closed for Good…and It Really Blows

Blowfish Sushi to Die For is now a thing of the past, another devastating hit to an era when all things bizarre and beautiful trumped the ordinary and bland. It was a nod to the lavish and strange, to the almost uncomfortable collision of worlds where culinary delicacies were cheekily

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03 Apr 2019

Stephen Curry Is Terrifying the Rest of the NBA…with His Eyes

As if the rest of the NBA universe didn’t hate the Golden State Warriors enough already…Stephen Curry just got even better, with contact lenses. As it turns out, the signature Curry squint was a sign of blurry vision. That’s right, you heard that: Curry, the guy considered to have one

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