In today's Urban Planner: an art exhibition explores different perspectives on family; a free cello concert at the Four Seasons Centre; a Chinese meditation workshop to help you fight back against winter bugs; and a theatre production filled with Japanese manga makes its worldwide debut.ART: The relationships between family are explored in “GEN12,” an exhibition brought to you by the Toronto School of Arts. It includes work by 12 of their promising artists. Toronto School of Art (410 Adelaide Street W., 3rd floor). Opening reception, 12 p.m.–1 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Free recital at the Four Seasons Centre! If you needed a better reason to spice up your lunch break, you probably won’t find it elsewhere. Se-Doo Park, an award-winning cellist, is performing a concert called “The Virtuoso Cello” as part of the Canadian Opera Company’s free concert series. You can check out some of her music online here. Four Seasons Centre (145 Queen Street W.). 12 p.m.–1 p.m., FREE.
HEALTH: These days, everyone’s getting sick. It’s getting colder, the flu’s going around, and sooner or later you might find yourself with the sniffles. Those interested in alternative medicine can check out “Food n’ Mood: Winter wisdom from Chinese medicine” a workshop on health and meditation tips that’ll help get you through the winter. Laurentina’s Improv Club (51 Kensington Avenue). 6 p.m.–8 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Manga, dance, and theatre. ‘Nuff said. My heart is a spoon, a Canada-Japan production by Maxine Heppner which has its world premiere tonight, tells the tale of a girl obsessed with Japanese manga who soon finds herself sucked into a world that actually has roots in her cultural past. The Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street W.). Runs tonight to January 22, 8 p.m., $25.
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