Joel Stein Book Tour & Food Trucks: Time magazine columnist Joel Stein's tour for his book Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity features a meet-and-greet and book signing with the author, plus food trucks, wine tastings and entertainment. The event is 21-and-up only, RSVP to save a spot at StarkRavingTampaRSVP@TaylorStrategy.com. It's at 6 p.m. at Hyde Park Village in Tampa. Free. (813) 251-3500.
Cirque du Soleil's Kooza: This circus-themed story of a loner that uses traditional circus elements like clowns and acrobatics runs through this weekend. See it at 7:30 p.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. $43.50-$143.50 adults; $33-$104.50 ages 2-12. Toll-free 1-800-450-1480.
A Doll's House: Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece questions the roles of men and women through the story of housewife Nora. It's at 8 p.m. at American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg. $39; $20 student advance, $10 student rush. (727) 823-7529.
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Victorian Christmas Stroll: Stroll the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel, with its Grand Hallway, 14 exhibit rooms, costumed characters, an antique toy exhibit, Christmas carols and Old Saint Nick. Enjoy spiced cider and cookies and listen to carolers perform starting at 10 a.m. at Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $13, $11 seniors, $7 youths 4-18. (813) 254-1891.
Tampa's Downtown on Ice: Ice skating continues through Jan. 5 in Tampa's downtown park. Each 90-minute session is $10 and includes skate rental. It opens at 4 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa. (813) 966-5505.
Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012, 9:30 p.m., ABC This year's list includes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, actor and director Ben Affleck, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, and boy band One Direction. And Honey Boo Boo. Thanks a lot, Toddlers & Tiaras.
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