Side Splitters * Daniel Tosh.
Tosh has made two appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman this year and is the co-host of The Rank Unwrapped Christmas Movie Special, on E! this month. Tue.-Thur., Sun., 8:30 p.m.; Dec. 20-21, 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 22. Tickets cost $5-$14. 12938 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa. 813-960-1197.
Wacky Weaver's Joanna Kerns.
Dec. 20, 8:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.; Dec. 21, 8:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. $10. 779 W. Lumsden Road (located inside the Brandon Brew House), Brandon. 813-661-5527.DanceNutcracker on Ice * Visions of sugar plums glide across the ice as the Florida Orchestra, together with the Russian State Ice Ballet, mounts a magical performance of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Dec. 21, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Dec. 22, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. Tickets are $20-$38, and half-price for ages 12 and under. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. 813-286-2403 or 800-662-7286.MuseumsAfrican Art Gallery & Museum African Art. The museum houses 4,400 square feet of modern and ancient art: masks, statues, paintings and collectibles. Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for students. 1711 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-258-0223.
Florida Holocaust Museum Europe Through Our Eyes.
The Jewish museums of London, Frankfurt and Vienna have created this touring exhibit of art, artifacts, holograms, and photographs pertaining to the culture and heritage during Europe's most challenging historical times. Dec. 13-May 19. 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg. 727-820-0100.
Florida International Museum Cuban Missile Crisis.
This 10,000-square-foot exhibit highlights the tense events of October 1962. Visitors see and feel just how close we came to nuclear war with the Soviet Union. The exhibit is a permanent installation in the museum. The Mystique of the Motorcycle. This 12,000-foot exhibit features motorcycles from the last 100 years. It explores the motorcycle's use as a means of transportation, wartime vehicle and expression of lifestyle. Dec. 18-April 27, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission costs $12, $11 for college students and seniors, $6 for students. 100 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. 727-822-3693.
Gulf Coast Museum of Art Celeste Roberge: Sitting Room.
Florida sculptor Celeste Roberge creates a new installation at the museum. The piece is on display through Jan. 26. Jeff Whipple: A 25 Year Retrospective. Jeff Whipple, one of Florida's most accomplished artists, exhibits works highlighting his professional career. Dec. 13-Jan. 12. Permanent Collection Exhibits. The GCMA is committed to collecting contemporary Florida art dating from 1960. Six permanent-collection galleries showcase the works year round. 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. 727-518-6833.
The Henry B. Plant Museum Upstairs/Downstairs.
Theatrical, single-character vignettes bring to life the turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel and lifestyles of America's Gilded Age. The characters, based on original research conducted by the museum, range from a hunting and fishing guide to a laundress, each presenting a unique perspective. The four characters rotate, with one performance at 2 p.m. every Sunday through May 25. Admission is a suggested donation of $5. Victorian Christmas Stroll. Experience the Tampa Bay Hotel as it was during the holidays of the 1900s. Every room is lavishly decorated with trees, greenery, toys and ornaments. Soloists and ensembles perform seasonal music nightly. Dec. 12-23, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission costs $8, $3 for kids 12 and younger. University of Tampa, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-254-1891.
Kid City Tiny Town.
This hands-on indoor/outdoor facility is geared to kids and their families. The 12 child-size buildings (air conditioned, of course) include a bank, grocery store, city hall and fire station. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission costs $4. 7550 N. Boulevard, Tampa. 813-935-8441.
Kid's Firehouse Museum Antique Firetrucks.
The museum has 12 antique firetrucks and lots of memorabilia on display, as well as a playground facility. Kids can learn fire safety tips, watch a safety video and get some free memorabilia. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. Friday. Admission is free; donations are encouraged. 9510 Kids Firehouse Ave., Largo. 727-585-1300.
Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art Collections.
The museum is named for Abraham Rattner (1893-1978), a figurative expressionist whose paintings are in museum collections around the world, and stepson Allen Leepa (b. 1919). It's home to Rattner's work and works by his contemporaries. The museum's summer hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Admission costs $5, $4 for senior, and free to children and students. St. Petersburg College-Tarpon Springs Campus, 600 Klosterman Road, Palm Harbor. 727-712-5762.
Museum of Fine Arts *
Little Luxuries: Baby Rattles and Teethers from the 18th to 20th Century. This exhibit of baby rattles and teethers totals 125 objects, spans 300 years and comes from the collection of longtime MFA friend Marcia Hersey. Dec. 13-April 27. Red Grooms: Selections From the Graphic Work. An engaging print artist, Grooms exhibits 130 prints, including a number of large-scale works. Influenced and inspired by comics and pop culture, Grooms also pays tribute in his work to such artists as VanGogh, Matisse and Pollock. Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 5. Admission costs $6 for adults, $5 for seniors. 255 Beach Drive N.E., St. Petersburg. 727-896-2667.