In this Urban Planner: check out an alternative way to look after your children, a graphic novel makes up a solo exhibition, a new play on a lost tragedy debuts, and part one of a theatre punk show comes to town.CHILD CARE: With our city’s child services at risk thanks to the recent budget cuts, a group of parental do-gooders is looking for ways to build a new model for making child care affordable. “Hire a Happy Nanny” is holding a discussion on this project. The group hope to revolutionize the way children are cared for by focusing on methods of providing better food and education. The Centre For Social Innovation (720 Bathurst Street), 6:30 p.m., FREE.
ART: Fans of narrative art are in for a treat. “Lip Service” is a solo exhibition by Mai Ismail that comprises over 60 prints from his energetic and sexually charged graphic novel. The book follows heroic women around the world as they seek out secret identities and classified information. Everyone Is An Artist (302 Carlaw Avenue, Unit 104), 7–11 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Love and struggle flow through Red Snow, a play that takes its inspiration from survivors’ stories of the Rape of Nanking—the forgotten holocaust of the Second World War. Isabel, the protagonist, is a girl who searches for the story of her grandparents’ horrific past and finds forbidden love along the way. Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (16 Ryerson Avenue), today–January 28, 7:30 p.m., $30.
THEATRE: Henri Fabergé’s “Heligoland Follies” is a six-episode performance series (part live and part filmed), which serves as the sequel to Fabergé’s “Feint of Hart, Heligoland.” The piece employs some of Toronto’s strongest musicians and examines notions of utopia, science, and religion in the year 1820. Hart House, University of Toronto (7 Hart House Circle), 9 p.m., PWYC.
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