Every Friday, Off The Record looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for bits of news we missed throughout the week.

• Let’s recap: A Riverwest man is suing Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke for an incident that involved the Riverwest man shaking his head at Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke threatened to murder said Riverwest man, and do a bunch of other tough-guy bullshit. Milwaukee County auditors launched a probe into Clarke. (Well, not into Clarke, but you know what we mean.) Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is blocking said probe by not allowing Milwaukee County auditors to interview Milwaukee County deputies and other staffers. Now…

[A]udit director Jerry Heer—without identifying which investigation he is talking about—is asking the Milwaukee County Board to allow him to spend up to $35,000 to hire an outside attorney to take Clarke to court to force the issue.

On a 4-0 vote, the Judiciary, Safety and General Services Committee endorsed the request Thursday. The matter now goes to the finance committee next week and then the full County Board on April 20.

And now you’re up to speed on Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville District. The museum is part of the $17.4 million Historic Garfield Redevelopment project, which “aims to transform the former Garfield Avenue Elementary School on N. 4th St. into apartments. It will also involve demolishing the neighboring vacant properties to construct The Griot, a new building that will include 41 apartments and commercial space — as well as the museum.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• Remember that election on Tuesday that only 13.24% of registered voters in the City of Milwaukee voted in? Here’s who won and lost. [Urban Milwaukee]

• In good Grand Avenue news, a kidney dialysis clinic (!) is coming to the downtown mall. In bad Grand Avenue news, Payless Shoes is closed. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• It’s good to be IshDARR. The 20-year-old Milwaukee rapper recently finished a national tour with They, appeared on a Thane-produced They remix, will be releasing an EP this month, and will headline Turner Hall April 12. Oh, and he’s in an upcoming movie, White Boy Rick, which stars Matthew McConaughey. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• 2017 is the “year of Wisconsin Avenue,” apparently. To celebrate, a group of yet-to-determined Milwaukee artists will have at a handful of downtown utility boxes. The utility box murals are expected to be installed in June. [WUWM]

• Milwaukee County Parks’ first beer garden of the season, South Shore Terrace, will open on April 12. Drinks include “on-tap beers served in souvenir glass pints and steins, which can be refilled at a discount at the Miller 1855 Bar, any of the Parks Traveling Beer Garden stops, and the Whitnall Park Beer Garden, tentatively scheduled to open April 21.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• The former St. Mary’s Academy/Marian Center building in St. Francis will be demolished and replaced. Plans for the new Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi convent were presented Wednesday. [OnMilwaukee]

• Whips’ new album The Ride is out, and it’s fucking awesome. The release show is tonight at Cactus Club. [Shepherd Express]

• Here’s why there’s a bunch of jeans hanging from downtown light poles. [OnMilwaukee]

• Walker’s Point Center for the Arts turned 30 this week. Celebrations are expected to begin soon. [OnMilwaukee]

• Nehring’s Family Market is out at the Milwaukee Public Market, and Foltz Family Market is in. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Broken Bat Brewing Company is open. [OnMilwaukee]

• Have a great weekend, Milwaukee!

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Matt Wild
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In his spare time, Matt Wild enjoys collecting 8-bit Nintendo games (emulation is for creeps) and fondly remembering the time Milwaukee weatherman Vince Condella caused a stir at his Catholic grade school by showing up with an earring. He lives on Milwaukee's East Side.