From San Francisco Chronicle
January 25, 2012
By Beth Spotswood
My SF Sketchfest runneth over with “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Stella” and Upright Citizens Brigade reunions (through Feb. 4), but what of the sketchy Bay Area boys bred in the shadow of the 24/580 interchange? The now-L.A.-based Moshe Kasher, Sketching it up Friday and Saturday, is one of those talented laugh traffickers in question. Judging from his stand-up and memoir, “Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy From Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16,” out March 28, he may soon be dispelling cherished memories of a wisecracking Jon Hamm at 2009’s “Game Show Explosion,” as a numero uno Sketch fave. Of Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood, which Kasher and pals would “terrorize,” he writes, “for years, it struggled to establish itself as a stuffy yuppie stronghold it had now finally become. If you go there today, you will see throngs of white people, doing white people things, such as inspecting rare cheeses and riding in packs of thousand-dollar bicycles. … Vomit. At that time, though, it was still in flux, and we did our best to ruin the yuppie dream. … You know those kids who get on the bus and you think to yourself, ‘Oh great, these f- kids!’? That was us. Rockridge rats.”
Down one for Toph One: Two fundraisers for the beloved Red Wine DJ, a.k.a. Christopher Evans – downed with a broken pelvis after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while biking Jan. 8 – are being thrown by chums. J Boogie, Sweater Funk-sters and more appear Friday at Public Works, and Sake One and Rascue, among others, take to the decks Sunday at Som to raise bucks toward Toph’s recovery. … Looking forward to Dirty Ghosts tonight at Knockout, Theophilus London on Saturday at Mezzanine and “De-Mobbing” opening Sunday at Headlands Center for the Arts.
The Oscar buzz was almost audible as an industry-heavy crowd piled into a recent screening of the documentary “Battle for Brooklyn” at Dolby. Most stuck around for the Q&A with director Michael Galinsky, as well as “BFB’s” focus, Brooklyn resident-turned-Atlantic Yards-opponent Daniel Goldstein, and activists fighting a 49ers stadium in Santa Clara. Opined the director, whose film screens tonight at the Roxie: “It’s a local story, happening in every locality.”