Circus thrills: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus begins its annual Cincinnati visit. Opens 7:30 p.m. today, continues through Sunday, U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway, downtown, $13.50-$55. 421-4111.
Auto heaven: The Cincinnati Enquirer/Post Auto Expo lets auto manufacturers show off new models, prototypes and after-market items. Opens 6 p.m. today, continues through Sunday, Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center, 525 Elm St., downtown, $8, $2 ages 13 and under. 352-3750.
Heaton sings: Ann Heaton rolls in with tunes from her new Black Notebook CD. The Kim Taylor Band will open the show. 9 p.m. today, BarrelHouse Brewing Co., 22 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, $7. 421-2337.
Pillow talk: Traditional Home magazine has Pillow Walk, an online auction benefiting the Set Decorators Society of America (the men and women who decorate sets for TV shows and movies). On sale are more than 40 pillows inspired by sets from movies. The auction continues through March 4. Go to www.traditionalhome and click the Pillow Walk link.
Picture it: Life Management Strategies is looking for the Messiest Place in Cincinnati and offering as first prize a complete "declutter and organization job." Take a picture of the mess and mail by March 19 to Life Management Strategies, 1516 Spruce Drive, Amelia, 45102. Include name, address and phone number on the back of the photo. Winners will be announced March 26.
24 hours out: CCM's The Mystery of Edwin Drood will be done interactive style where the audience votes on whodunnit. 8 p.m. today, through March 7, Patricia Corbett Theater, University of Cincinnati, $25, $15 students. 556-4183.
48 hours out: Chris Whitley hits town with tunes from Hotel Vast Horizon, a folksy-bluesy job that has been getting all kinds of great press. 9 p.m. Friday, Jack Quinn's, 112 E. Fourth St., Covington, $12 advance, $15 day of show. 779-9462.
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