Circus at Discovery Place: Step right up and discover the secrets of science under the big top at Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Featuring more than 20 multi-station, interactive exhibits that amaze, thrill, perplex and entertain. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 704-372-6261.
Residents showing art: Fourteen of the Westminster Towers Independent Living residents will exhibit their art and craft work today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Towers, 1330 India Hook Road, Rock Hill. Coffee and dessert will be served.
New on DVD: Among the new titles in stores today are the Christian-themed sleeper hit "Fireproof," Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and "Cheers -- The Final Season."
'Rent' back in Charlotte: A touring production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical "Rent" opens at 7:30 p.m. at Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. Tickets range from $25.50 to $80 and are available at www.bluementhalcenter.org or by calling 704-372-1000.
The Greatest Show on Earth: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey present "Over the Top," a wacky and whimsical circus spectacular where audiences will experience maniacal mayhem as Ringmaster Chuck Wagner and clown eccentric Tom Dougherty compete for control of a magical top hat that brings to life their fantastical imaginations. The show opens at 7 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. Tickets range from $15 to $100 and are available at www.timewarnercablearena.com or by calling 704-522-6500. The show runs through Feb. 1.
On the hardwood: The Winthrop men travel to the North Carolina mountains for a 7 p.m. tip-off against UNC Asheville.
Book sale: The Friends of the York County Library will host a book sale Thursday and Friday at the Pope John Center at the Oratory, 434 Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill. The preview night for Friends members will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Memberships will be sold at the door beginning at $10 for individuals and $25 for families. The sale will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Thousands of books for adults and children will be for sale, priced at $1 per inch, measuring the height of the book stack. Videos, audio books and surplus library equipment will be for sale at bargain prices. On Saturday, books will be sold at 50 cents per inch. Visit www.yclibrary.org, or call 803-981-5837 for more information.
Don't forget the popcorn: New movies in theaters today include the dramedy "New in Town," starring Rene Zellweger and the thrillers "Taken" and "The Uninvited."
Taking on the Niners: The Winthrop men's basketball team heads to the Queen City for a 7 p.m. matchup with UNC Charlotte.
Playing for it all: The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals square off in Super Bowl XLIII at 6 p.m. on NBC.