Richie Ramone to Play Hard Rock; Mamma Mia! It’s “Mamma Mia!” at Heinz Hall (CPs Tues., 2/11/14)

1) 1, 2, 3, 4 was the signature countdown to most of the Ramones’ songs. Tonight at the Hard Rock Café, get your Ramones experience through an appearance by Ramones drummer Richie Ramone. (Real name: Richard Reinhardt. All of the Ramones adopted “Ramone” as their last name). Richie was with the band from 1982 to 1987 and was the only Ramones drummer to write songs, including “Somebody Put Something in My Drink.” He also sang lead vocals on certain songs. Rising to fame out of Queens, N.Y., the Ramones were a seminal punk rock band and influenced many artists. They are known for their high-energy performances. Post Traumatik and The Jasons are opening. 8 p.m. 230 W. Station Square Dr., Station Square.

2) The Rolling Stones, The Black Keys, Led Zeppelin, and ABBA. No this isn’t a test question to see which one doesn’t belong with the others; these are some  groups I like. (Yes, I’m a secure enough music lover to say that I like ABBA.) Soaring vocal harmonies and a dance beat are some of the reasons for their success. Their pop songs, including “Take a Chance on Me,” provide a musical backdrop to the hit stage play and movie Mamma Mia! The story revolves around a mother and daughter and her three possible dads as they gather for the daughter’s wedding on a Greek Island. The play highlights the importance of friendship, love, and laughter, and is a feel-good romp. 7:30 p.m. Runs through Sunday. Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

3) At Theater Square, vocalist Spanky Wilson is the featured performer for this Tuesday’s jazz series at Backstage Bar. No cover. 5 – 11 p.m. 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

4) Getaway to the tropics with a trip to Brillobox for Tropical Tuesdays. There you’ll feel the trade winds (heating ducts) soothe your overdue vacation bones. Here’s a sampling of their specials: $3 select craft cans, $4 frozen drinks, $10 California bubble bath, $10 Eva Peron, $7 Fernet con cola, and $6 Coronita Margaveza. You can also sop up the island drinks with $7 pineapple soy-glazed chicken or tofu skewers served with Caribbean sweet potato salad. Shoes and shirt required. 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield.

5)  Leonardo DiCaprio continues to dazzle audiences as Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street. The story follows Belfort and stock market corruption in the 1980s. Alongside DiCaprio are A-listers Rob ReinerJonah Hill, and Hollywood newcomer Margot Robbie. (We’ll be seeing more of her in 2014.) Under the direction of Martin Scorsese, the film encompasses many of the seven deadly sins, most notably how greed can make a man do just about anything. See Fandango for theaters and showtimes.

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