— Legendary half-century-old drag club and bar Baton Show Lounge is leaving River North for Uptown. The owner of the venue, which has been open since 1969 at 436 N. Clark Street, told Block Club that escalating rents forced the move to the former Uptown Underground space at 4707 N. Broadway Street. Uptown Update first noticed the announcement in Ald. James Cappleman’s (46th) newsletter. Tickets are on sale for a final New Year’s Eve bash at its current home, which is prime real estate downtown.
— Stephanie Izard will start doing tasting-menu dinners at the end of the month. Appropriately named Tiny Goat, the dinners will be held twice a month in the space above Little Goat on Randolph Row beginning December 30 and 31, the Tribune first reported. Tickets cost $125 and are available here.
— Lost Lake bartender Andrea Kloehn won the Chicago leg of the annual female bartending competition Speed Rack on Monday night at Thalia Hall. She heads to the national finals in May.
— Apparently actor Nick Offerman (aka Ron Swanson) slowly sipped whiskey while covered in bronze paint at a Blackhawks game recently, according to the Takeout.
— And finally, Theater on the Lake will start bringing in some of Chicago’s most acclaimed chefs for a monthly author series. It starts with Rick Bayless on December 11, followed by Paul Kahan in January and Bill Kim in February. Tickets are available here for $30 and include drinks and bites.