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

• Do you like Milwaukee food trucks? Do you like Milwaukee craft beer? Then you’re going to love the first-ever Milwaukee Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival, set for Saturday, May 20. More than 25 Milwaukee food trucks will be on hand, and there’ll be plenty of delicious Milwaukee craft brews to sample. Tickets to the Milwaukee Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival are $5 in advance, or $10 at the door. Oh, and VIP tickets to the Milwaukee Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival—which get you into the Milwaukee Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival at 11 a.m. instead of noon—are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. So c’mon, Milwaukee! Let’s get excited for the Milwaukee Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival!

The event will be held at the Waukesha Expo Center. [TMJ4]

• With all the talk (and hard evidence) of the demise of the East Side, here’s some good news: Good City Brewing, 2108 N. Farwell Ave., is expanding. Per a press release:

The brewery has signed a lease for the adjacent space and will occupy all 11,400 sf of what was formerly Crank Daddy’s Bicycle Shop. The expansion includes increased production capacity, a rooftop patio, and the addition of Good City Hall, a 130-seat private event space. “A brewery is a unique venue to host celebrations, and the addition of Good City Hall will finally allow our customers to plan larger weekend events here at the brewery such as wedding receptions, corporate events, and beer dinners,” said co-founder David Dupee.

The project will be ready by July 1. [Urban Milwaukee]

• Remember when the Milwaukee Public Museum announced it would be moving to a new downtown location within the next decade? And that the new digs would cost a cool $100 million? Turns out that price tag will likely be $150 million, and it will be paid for by the county, state, and private donors. [Urban Milwaukee]

• Remember when the two remaining Gettelmen Brewery buildings were going to be demolished by MillerCoors? Turns out they’re not (for now). [Urban Milwaukee]

• Remember when the downtown Milwaukee Business Improvement District said it would help look for a more suitable place for that ever-embattled downtown strip club? Turns out they’re totally not going to do that. [BizTimes]

• Remember when attorneys for the ever-embattled downtown strip club said the ongoing fight could cost the city $10 million? Oh yeah, that happened this week. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• Whitnall Park is getting its very own permanent beer garden. The Whitnall Park Beer Garden will open May 5, and will feature 24 craft beer tap handles, non-alcoholic offerings, food, and live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Also, this: “Unlike the other beer gardens at county parks, the Whitnall Park beer garden will not be operated out of a building. It will operate from trailers that will be located at 8831 North Root River Parkway, Greendale.” [BizTimes]

• It’s official: With a new sign installed, the former Milwaukee Theatre is now the Miller High Life Theatre. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• And the final Summerfest amphitheater headliner is…Paul Simon. [Shepherd Express]

• Here’s the lineup for River Rhythms 2017. [OnMilwaukee]

• Three words: Milwaukee board games. [Shepherd Express]

• The psyched-out, beer-blasted rockers in Moon Rats dropped a new song. Per the band: “The song, titled ‘Motor Sword,’ combines heavy-hitting, droning riffage with Tolkien-esque lyrical content where The Highway Lord himself withdraws the legendary Motor-Sword from the engine block of his goddamn motorcycle.” [Soundcloud]

• Baba Ghanouj is closed! [OnMilwaukee]

• The Cousins Subs on Old World Third Street is closed, too! [BizTimes]

• Have a great weekend, Milwaukee, and thank you, Milwaukee Bucks, for a great season!

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