After Hours: 3 things to do in April

What to read and do this April...


Joseph Tisiga, a Whitehorse-based artist of Kaska Dena ancestry, takes visitors on a journey of identity through Tales of an Empty Cabin: Somebody Nobody Was, an exhibit of new and remixed works in a variety of mediums at Whistler’s Audain Art Museum. Englishman Archie Belaney, author of the 1936 book after which the show is named, travelled through Canada under the pseudonym Grey Owl, a First Nations persona he created for himself. Complemented by collections from the National Gallery of Canada, the Sncewips Heritage Museum and others, the exhibit similarly explores the creation of “Indianness” for Euro-Canadian consumption. It stays open until a week after the museum’s Illuminate Gala on April 27. Until May 6; $18, youth and members free


An old and bitter man, Faust curses God and calls on the Devil’s aid. Mephistopheles appears and agrees to restore Faust’s youth and his love, Marguerite, in exchange for his soul. Vancouver Opera brings 19th-century French composer Charles Gounod’s opera, based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s tragic play of the same name, to the city for the first time. The three-hour performance, by an all-Canadian cast, is sung in French with English subtitles. Queen Elizabeth Theatre April 27, May 2 and 5; tickets start at $50


Growth is good, right? Not so fast, argues Paul Jarvis in Company of One: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business. The long-time tech designer and consultant, who’s worked for the likes of Microsoft and Steve Nash, teaches online courses and creates software from his Tofino home. Through profiles of successful business owners who enjoy life, focus on getting better, not bigger, and scale without adding more staff, Jarvis shows that expansion needn’t be the goal. Each chapter includes a list of thought starters. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 272 pages, hardcover