There are three stories—and one Suggests—in this week's paper that involve the Free Sheep foundation.
One is an arts story about how Free Sheep (along with nearly 40 artists, including several Stranger Genius Award winners) will take over the Moore tomorrow, building ramps from the stage to the balcony, painting on the walls, stuffing 300 watermelons into the bathrooms, etc. (It's free.)
The second is a story by Jen Gravesabout Free Sheep's contribution to Seattle public art.
The other third a news story about a drug bust involving a three-year federal investigation, seven kilos of cocaine, three pounds of meth, a few guns, and a speakeasy/card room where an undercover cop met the (alleged) drug dealers.
New court documents draw a link between the Free Sheep foundation and that card room. From a Slog post Jonah put up:
The affidavits appear to tie the Belltown casino to a Seattle art collective—the Free Sheep Foundation—which was housed in the same building as the casino in Belltown, and another business, the Tubs spa in the University district, which was also was home to the Free Sheep Foundation after Tubs closed.
Police say the Belltown club was "open[ed]...under the guise of the legitimate business (known as the Free Sheep Foundation)" and that the tables and bars at the various card rooms came from the now-closed Tubs on 47th and University, which, police allege, was owned by a participant in the gambling operation.
The affidavit only links Free Sheep to the card room, not to the meth and guns, but some members of Free Sheep are concerned that police are going to make gambling-related arrests during tomorrow's show at the Moore.
And we still think you should go to the show tomorrow night:
From a fleabag motel on Aurora to the Moore Theatre in just two years—the Free Sheep Foundation's star has risen quickly. The itinerant art cabal that briefly colonizes buildings is now turning the Moore inside out. You will enter from the alley onto the stage and see a giant walkway, made by Lead Pencil Studio, beckoning you to walk up it, through the air, to the first balcony. That's just the beginning: DJing by Scratchmaster Joe, music by Orkestar Zirkonium and "Awesome," 300 watermelons in the backstage bathrooms, graffiti, murals, Gretchen Bennett's ghostly rock-show drawings, and much more. (Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave, 467-5510. 6—10 pm, free, all ages.) Brendan Kiley
That is all.