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Olympics, day 3 in the Downtown East Side

booth at International Village

Frances Lawson Gallery

We had gone down to Chinatown expecting a lot of festivities but didn’t find much exciting so we decided to check out some art galleries instead.

We ended up in Frances Lawson Gallery, one of the so-called “phantom galleries” in the Downtown East Side. Four flights of creaky, worn wooden stairs led up to a really airy, open space with a kitchen, couches and art on the walls. It smelled faintly of cigarette smoke.

“What is that thing going on outside, some sort of exercise thing?” A guy lounged on an old, beaten up couch, resting his feet beside an ashtray on a coffin that was serving as a coffee table.

“He’s been telling that joke for a week now,” said the woman beside him.

“Yeah, but you still laugh at it.”

He soon disappeared and we had a chat with the woman who gave us a bit of a tour. She said they were recovering from the World Club concert that had taken place the night before. We talked about the weird state of the streets outside right now and the protests and the crapshoot that is trying to get your message out when the media is so concentrated.

Interurban Gallery

Interurban Gallery

East Hastings garden

East Hastings garden

Afterward we checked out some other galleries in the neighbourhood and one of the gardens on East Hastings. Then we took part in the annual march for the missing women of the Downtown East Side, which happened to be the biggest ever.

march for missing women

march for missing women

march for missing women

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