This is it for Varsity Ridge Bowl

The Varsity Ridge corner at Arbutus and West 15th Ave., photographed in November 2012 by Katja De Bock

The Varsity Ridge corner at Arbutus and West 15th Ave., photographed in November 2012 by Katja De Bock

The iconic bowling alley on Arbutus Street and West 15th Ave. in Kitsilano, Vancouver is closing forever tonight. The entire block will be replaced by condos, in spite of neighbourhood protestsContinue reading

Photo realist painter Ann Goldberg exhibits at Winsor Gallery

from left: Katja De Bock, Keiko Honda, Ann Goldberg. Photo: Noriko Nasu-Tidball

from left: Katja De Bock, Keiko Honda, Ann Goldberg. Photo: Noriko Nasu-Tidball

Ann Goldberg, a photo-realist painter from Edmonton who now lives on the University Endowment Lands, is exhibiting her work at Winsor Gallery. The show Eden premiered on June 13 and will be open until July 13.

I was lucky to meet Goldberg and interview her for Kerrisdale Playbook, a blog for the Kerrisdale community curated by Keiko Honda.

Katja De Bock

German TV movie Deployment nominated for Banff Rockie Award – film criticizes ISAF mission in north Afghanistan

German soldiers enter the Afghan village of Milanh in the MOW Deployment. Photo courtesy of WDR/ARD

German soldiers enter the fictional Afghan village of Milanh in the MOW Deployment. Photo courtesy of WDR/ARD

Canadians embraced the popular series Combat Hospital, shown on Global TV in 2011. Unfortunately, the show about a military hospital in Kabul, which averaged 1.5 million viewers per week, was cancelled after only one season, much to the chagrin of the fans.

Deployment (Auslandseinsatz, Germany 2012), nominated for a Rockie Award at the upcoming Banff World Media Festival, is the first German TV movie to deal with soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan. Continue reading