Bridge Bar's limited edition bourbon-based "hootch." (Bridge Bar )
Stout Barrel House & Galley 642 N. Clark St. 312-475-1390
Executive chef Chris Curren takes comfort food to the next level with a four-course beer dinner—available at any time from 6-9 p.m.—featuring short ribs with baby carrots, pearl onions, celery and cheese curds; chorizo-stuffed calamari and more, all paired with American craft beers. $40-$45. RSVP recommended: stoutbeerdinner.eventbrite.com.
Bridge Bar 315 N. LaSalle St. 312-822-0100
Step back into Prohibition era with head bar chef Kevin Schultz's Handcrafted Hooch, a bourbon-based concoction mixed with spiced liqueurs and served in a hand-labeled, numbered pint bottle that you can share with a partner in crime or take home. Even better: Tuesday, it's half-priced at $10. 4-10 p.m.
Mom Times Two
Gorilla Tango Theatre 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-598-4549
L.A. performer John Paul Karliak brings his solo show, "Donna/Madonna"—the Best of Fringe Award-winner at the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival—to Chicago for one night. The humorous tale of searching for identity and acceptance features stories, songs and characters such as Carol Channing, Darth Vader and Karliak's two moms—his doting Catholic housewife adoptive mother and his birth mother, a fashion journalist married to a British pop star. 7:30 p.m. $20.
Give Back (FREE!)
The Rauner Center, American Red Cross of Greater Chicago 2200 W. Harrison St. 312-729-6178
Learn how you can give back while you tip back at this Auxiliary Society (translation: young professionals) mixer, which features cocktails, appetizers and information about volunteering with the Red Cross. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Music Box Theatre 3733 N. Southport Ave. 312-222-4358
The world premiere of pre-Broadway musical, "Kinky Boots" has just kicked off and the show's co-creator, Harvey Fierstein ("La Cage aux Folles") kicks back with Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones at this Trib Nation Press Pass event to dish on his life, work and gay civil rights activism. 7 p.m. $20.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Roll your own at Sushi Samba Rio's Nov. 13 Sushi & Sake 101 class: sushisamba.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.