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Lorde performs at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, March 10, 2014. (CHAD BATKA/NYT)
Lorde performs at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, March 10, 2014. (CHAD BATKA/NYT)

Five things to do in Toronto this weekend, March 14 to 16 Add to ...

American Idiot
Green Day released its rock opera album American Idiot, which follows the life of a character called Jesus of Suburbia (and features a song of the same name), back in 2004. But the story lives on onstage in musical form, and now Jesus has returned to Toronto for a week-long stretch at the Royal Alex that wraps up on Monday. To March 16, $45-$120. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King Street W., 416-872-1212 or mirvish.com.

Dressing for Downton
If you’re not already addicted to the hit drama Downton Abbey (what else have you been doing?), you might want to do a bit of binge-watching before heading to the Spadina Museum, where 20 costumes from the show are on display. A little homework will guarantee a full appreciation of Lady Cora’s wide-brimmed picture hat, and a lot more to talk about at your next dinner party. To April 13, $30. (some single tickets available). Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Rd., 416-392-6910 or toronto.ca/spadina.

National Home Show
Condos, condos everywhere – and not a multifunctional place to sit. At the National Home Show, which gears up this weekend, you can walk through the 900-square-foot “urban living home” to find some big decor ideas for your small space. If you’ve got a big space, well, design experts Sarah Richardson, Bryan Baeumler and Jackie Morra are sure to have ideas for that, too. To March 23, $17-$20 for adults, Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd., nationalhomeshow.com.

We may never be Royals, but the song will be stuck in our heads for eternity. Blame for that can rest squarely on the shoulders of Lorde, the 17-year-old prodigy from New Zealand who is making waves as big as her curls these days. The soulful voice that has launched a thousand covers will rock the Sound Academy at a sold-out show on Saturday. March 15, 8 p.m. Sound Academy, 11 Polson St.

This British play about a young-ish couple debating whether or not to have a baby soars in its incarnation at the Tarragon Theatre under the direction of Weyni Mengesha. Globe theatre critic J. Kelly Nestruck gave it four stars, calling it “quite exhilarating to watch, requiring a constantly engaged level of performance that is near-Olympian.” To March 30, $48-$53. Tarragon Theatre’s Extraspace, 30 Bridgman Ave., 416-531-1827 or tarragontheatre.com.

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