This is the opening night for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus' The Greatest Show On Earth. The show will run through Feb. 9 at the RBC Center in Raleigh. This performance begins at 7 p.m. Admission ranges from $11.75 to $40.
A free reading will be given of Picasso's Closet, a new work written by Durham-based Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman. This is sponsored by the Duke Institute of Arts as part of the Art in the Times of War series. Reynolds Theater, Duke West Campus, 6 p.m.
This is the last day for African-American artists in the Triangle to bring their work to the Artist Hang-Up at St. Augustine's College. This exhibition is meant to integrate young artists with emerging and established artists, and on Feb. 11, artist Juan Logan will be speaking at the gallery. Works will accepted until noon at the Art Gallery, St. Augustine's College Campus, Raleigh. Call Virignia Tyler at 516-4027 for more info.
Experience African-American history through poetry given at this month's STAMMER! The event wil begin at 9 p.m. Artspace, 201 Davie St., Raleigh. Call 821-2787 for more information.
The North Carolina Museum of Art will hold "Art and the Transformation of Feeling," the Lucy Daniels Foundation lecture on the connection of art and psychoanalysis. 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, beginning at 3 p.m. Call 839-6262 for more information. Admission is $6, for members $5.
The Scene of the Crime Mystery Book Group will be discussing Open Season by C.J. Box at Durham's Barnes & Noble. The group meets at 7:30 p.m. 5400 New Hope Commons Road. Call 489-3012 for more info.
For all of those with a sweet tooth, head down to Cary's Barnes & Noble, where food columnist Sandra Gutierrez of The Cary News, and cooking instructor Sheri Castle will discuss chocolate and give samplings of various chocolate desserts. 760 E. Maynard Road, begins at 7:30 p.m. 467-3866.