Billie Joe Armstrong, Tokyo Police Club, Marsalis: N.Y. Weekend

Billie Joe Armstrong
American rock musician and occasional actor Billie Joe Armstrong in "American Idiot" in New York. The Green Day songwriter and guitarist stars as St. Jimmy in some performances. Photographer: Paul Kolnik/The Hartman Group via Bloomberg

Tokyo Police Club and Two Door Cinema Club rolled their poppy post-punk tour bus into Terminal 5.

Toronto-based TPC rescue their sugary tunes with lead singer David Monk’s slightly gravelly, straightforward vocal delivery -- it’s like listening to your younger brother’s surprisingly excellent basement band.

They bring along the perfect accompaniment in Irish trio Two Door Cinema Club. By the time you leave late Friday night, your serotonin levels will have rocketed into the stratosphere.

Terminal 5 is at 610 W. 56th St. Information: +1-212-582-6600;


Get an early glimpse of spring watching Will Ryman plant his giant surreal roses on Park Avenue malls.

Some of his 38 pink and red blossoms are 10 feet in diameter and 25 feet tall.

Twenty oversize petals big enough to sit in will be scattered on the ground, while massive bees and bugs make themselves at home among the flowers.

Sharp thorns will protrude from the curving stems. Watch out!

“The Roses” officially opens on Jan. 25, and will be on view between 57th and 67th Streets through May 31. Information:

Saturday Afternoon

Now’s the chance to see Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong perform “Know Your Enemy,” as he takes on the role of seductive drug pusher St. Jimmy in “American Idiot.”

Inspired by the group’s blockbuster 2004 punk album, the show perfectly captures the rage and angst of post-adolescence.

Leaving the theater, you run into the NYPD holding back the crowds gathered at the stage door.

Note: Armstrong is not in every performance, and his run ends Feb. 27. Melissa Etheridge will replace him in the role Feb. 1-6.

Matinee at 2 p.m. at the St. James Theatre, 246 W 44th St. Information: +1-212-239-6200;

Saturday Night

Take part in music history when piano legend Chick Corea appears for the first time with Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

The 16-time Grammy Award winner helped forge the jazz-rock revolution in the 1970s with his ensemble, Return to Forever, and has covered everything from bebop to the avant-garde.

Corea will perform big band versions of some of his most famous tunes -- expect to hear “The Matrix,” “Tones for Jones Bones” and “Humpty Dumpty.”

At Rose Theater, 5th Floor of the Time Warner Center at Broadway and 60th. Information: +1-212-721-6500;


Sex and divorce among the status-conscious elite take center stage in “The New York Idea.” Originally written in 1906 by Langdon Mitchell, the comedy has been adapted by David Auburn (though arguably not much has changed on that front).

Auburn has been largely absent from New York theater since his 2000 Broadway hit “Proof,” later made into a movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins.

Produced by the Atlantic Theatre Company at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St. Runs through Feb. 13. Information: +1-212-279-4200;

Sunday Evening

Then head over to April Bloomfield’s The Spotted Pig for some classy comfort food.

Start with a steaming bowl of smoked haddock chowder and proceed to a classic chargrilled burger with Roquefort and shoestring fries. Daily specials abound and there’s a great wine list, but you need to get there early to avoid the crush.

314 W. 11th St. at Greenwich St. Information: +1-212-620-0393.

(With assistance from Katya Kazakina, Patrick Cole, Philip Boroff and Lili Rosboch. Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

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