Play Ball! Pirates Home Opener Today Against Cubs (CPs Mon., 3/31/14)

1) Spring has sprung, and hope springs eternal—so here’s hoping the Pirates will make a deeper playoff run this season, which opens today. They have a roster of players who try hard, but if they don’t excel, PNC Park is still a good place to get a tan and enjoy fireworks, after-game concerts, bobble-head collectibles, and all-you-can-eat seats. By the way, today’s home opener is Magnetic Schedule Day. Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs. 1:05 p.m. PNC Park., 115 Federal St., North Shore.

2) Songs from Pat Benatar, Styx, Steve Perry, Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, Poison, and Foreigner make up some of the musical score from the hit Broadway play Rock of Ages. It’s a classic 80’s tale of a small town girl who meets a big city rocker in a club on Los Angeles’ famous Sunset Strip. A five-time Tony award nominated production, Rock of Ages continues to take audiences on a musical nostalgia trip through an era when glam-rockers ruled the earth. 7:30 p.m. Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg.

3) Savoy Restaurant’s Savoy Jazz Monday’s continues tonight featuring Phat Man Dee with guitarist Mark Lucas,  bassist Tony DePaolis, and drummer John “Smitty” Smith. 6 – 10 p.m. No cover. 2623 Penn Ave., Strip District.

4) The Balcony Big Band’s hitting only high notes in a Monday night performance at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. 8 p.m. No cover. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.