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Ketch Wehr's "Split + Growing: Synesthesia and Queer Thought" opens April 20 at the Bureau of General Services -- Queer Division. | BGSQD.COM

Ketch Wehr’s “Split + Growing: Synesthesia and Queer Thought” opens April 20 at the Bureau of General Services — Queer Division. | BGSQD.COM

TUE.APR.15-SUN.APR.27: Joyce Hosts Ballet Hispanico
Recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, Ballet Hispanico returns to the Joyce Theater for 15 performances in four different programs. Curated by artistic director Eduardo Vilaro, the company presents “El Beso,” a world premiere by Spanish native Gustavo Ramírez Sansano with original costumes by fashion designer Angel Sanchez and three Joyce premieres — “Sombrerísimo,” Belgo-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s athletic tour de force for six male dancers; “Umbral,” Edgar Zendejas’s seductive interpretation of the beloved Mexican celebration “Día de los Muertos”; and Eduardo Vilaro’s “Hogar,” a meditation on immigrant identity and the meaning of home set to live music by Russian composer Ljova. 175 Eighth Ave. at 19th St. Apr. 15-16, 22-23, 7:30 p.m.; Apr. 17-18, 24-25, 8 p.m.; Apr. 19 & 26, 2 & 8 p.m.; Apr. 20 & 27, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19-$59 at joyce.org; $10 at 212-242-0800.

SAT.APR.19: Revolution, Not Inclusion
Since 2009, the Against Equality collective has been challenging what it terms the gay mainstream with the goal of revitalizing the queer political imagination. “Against Equality: Queer Revolution Not Mere Inclusion” is the collective’s effort to share its newest work with the world in an edited volume published this month by AK press. Co-founder Ryan Conrad and collective member Karma Chávez read from the new collection and engage in discussion with the audience. Bureau of General Services –– Queer Divison at Cage, 83A Hester St., btwn. Orchard & Allen Sts. Sat. Apr. 19, 7 p.m. More information at contact@BGSQD.com.

Antonio Lopez's "Mike Haire 1," 1983. | LESLIE-LOHMAN MUSEUM OF GAY AND LESBIAN ART

Antonio Lopez’s “Mike Haire 1,” 1983. | LESLIE-LOHMAN MUSEUM OF GAY AND LESBIAN ART

THROUGH SUN.MAY.25: The Hidden Stroke of Midnight
“Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall” is an historical retrospective of sexy and erotic illustrations by artists who made work for gay male magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. Curated by New York-based illustrator Robert W. Richards, “Stroke” features 80 original illustrations by 25 artists. This exhibition of a forgotten body of work explores the male form and examines gay male private life as experienced through magazines available on nearly every street corner in America – but often kept under their mattresses for fear of being discovered. The exhibition features some original illustrations that appeared in the magazines, along with other works of art that have never been seen publically. The exhibition includes work by Neel Bate (aka Blade), Michael Breyette, Michael Broderick, Harry Bush, Jim French (Colt), Oliver Frey, Kevin King (Beau), Michael Kirwan, Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland), Antonio Lopez (Antonio), David Martin, Jim McMullin, Donald Merrick (Domino), Kent Neffendorf (Kent), Olaf Odegaard (Olaf), Mel Odom, Dominic Orejudos (Etienne), Benôit Prévot, George Quaintance, George Stravrinos, Rex, Robert W. Richards, Richard Rosenfeld, William Schmelling (Hun), and Frank Webber (Bastille). Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St., btwn. Grand & Canal Sts. Through May 25: Tue.-Wed., Fri-Sun., noon-6 p.m.; Thu., noon-8 p.m. Admission is free. More information at leslielohman.org.

MIke Albo.

MIke Albo.

THROUGH SUN.APR.20: Mike Albo, Dan Hoyle Unearth American Secrets
Writer, performer, and comedian Mike Albo performs “The Junket,” fresh from a run at Dixon Place, at Culture Project, in repertory with Dan Hoyle’s “The Real Americans.” “The Junket” is a hilariously scandalous show based on scandalous actual events. Penning a column for the nation’s most influential newspaper, Albo, finally able to live the luxury loft dream, goes over-the-top on a press junket that lands him on the city’s snarkiest blog, where he is the object of vicious gossip. “The Real Americans” is Hoyle’s account of 100 days on the road meeting Reaganite Appalachian coal miners, closeted creationists in Texas, Dominican culture commentators in Ohio, and iPhone-addicted San Francisco hipsters. Lynn Redgrave Theater, 45 Bleecker St. at Lafayette St. Through Apr. 20. Schedule, link to tickets, at $25-$55, at cultureproject.org.

SUN.APR.20-SUN.MAY.25: Tasting the Written Word
“Split + Growing: Synesthesia and Queer Thought” is a new, highly personal exhibit of work from transfeminist painter and illustrator Ketch Wehr. Primarily illustrative gouache paintings, Wehr’s show explores his personal understanding of his gender and queerness from an early age through the lens of synesthesia, in which the stimuli for one sense are taken in through other senses as well. In his case, synesthesia lends colors and flavors to all letters and words he perceives. “Split + Growing” is a visual display of an evolving queer selfhood through the colors Wehr knew to be part of his identity before he had the words to describe it.  Bureau of General Services –– Queer Divison at Cage, 83A Hester St., btwn. Orchard & Allen Sts. The opening reception is Apr. 20, 6-9 p.m. The exhibition runs through May 25. For more information, contact@BGSQD.com.

WED.APR.23 & WED.APR.30: Recovering Harry Hay
Activist and troublemaker Harry Hay was founder, in Los Angeles in 1950, of the Mattachine Society, America’s first gay rights organization. Original research conducted using Hay’s personal papers and the papers of the Mattachine Society shows that Hay used Marxist cultural theory to fuse elements of folk music, medieval fooling, and Native American religious and gender traditions into a gay identity that could serve as the basis for political activism, radically challenging existing gender and sexual norms in ways now often forgotten in the  literature of LGBT history. Ben Miller presents two lectures on Hay: “Children and Fools: Harry Hay and the Mattachine Society” on Apr. 23, 7 p.m., and ”Children of the Brain: Harry Hay’s Life, Theory, and Activism, 1953-1964″ on Apr. 30, 7 p.m.  Bureau of General Services –– Queer Divison at Cage, 83A Hester St., btwn. Orchard & Allen Sts. For more information, contact@BGSQD.com.

TUESDAYS-SUNDAYS: Spoofin’ Alive & Kickin’
Since 1982, Gerard Alessandrini’s “Forbidden Broadway, has lampooned the Broadway shows and stars of the day. On hiatus the past 10 months, Alessandrini said he knew it was time to get back to work when he heard “Les Miz” is headed back for a third Broadway run. The new show will take on, as well, “Pippin,” “Kinky Boots,” “Matilda,” and “Motown,” and as the season unfolds, “Rocky,” “Cabaret,” “Bridges of Madison County,” “Bullets Over Broadway,” and “Aladdin.” Davenport Theatre, 354 W. 45th St. Tue.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Wed. & Sat., 2 p.m. Tickets are $29-110 at telecharge.com or 212-239-6200.

MON.APR.28: The Trans Mother of New York Presents
Barbara Maier Gustern’s “Trans Formative” is an evening of song featuring her illustrious students. Tonight’s performers include Lady Rizo, Justin Vivian Bond, Penny Arcade, Julie Atlas Muz, John Kelly, Kathleen Hanna, Tammy Faye Starlite, Our Lady J, Roseanna Vitro, and Carol Lipnik. Joe’s Pub, inside the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., btwn. E. Fourth St. & Astor Pl. Mar. 24 & Apr. 28, 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 at joespub.com or 212-967-7555. Proceeds benefit New York Voices, Joe’s Pub’s artist commissioning program, and the Ali Forney Center, which provides housing and social services for homeless LGBTQ youth.

Glass artist Joseph Cavalieri's take on Agnes Moorehead. | JOSEPH CAVALIERI

Glass artist Joseph Cavalieri’s take on Agnes Moorehead. | JOSEPH CAVALIERI

THROUGH SAT.JUL.12: Blue Jackie KO
Isaac Hayes, Agnes Moorehead, and a blue Jacqueline Kennedy are some of the personalities featured in an exhibit of the works of East Village glass artist Joseph Cavalieri. These graphic portraits use hand lettered and silk-screened processes on stained glass, a technique that dates back to Medieval times. The collection of more than a dozen works show off Cavalieri’s sense of humor and mastery of the craft. Better Being 940, 537 Ninth Ave. at 4oth St. Through Jul. 12, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. More information at cavaglass@gmail.com or 212-925-2377.

THU EVENINGS: Talk About Sex, Talk About Love
“Sex, Relationships, And Sometimes… Love” is Joelle Arqueros’ 2003 GLAAD-nominated raw and delicate examination, in monologues, of sex and love among men and women, transgender and cisgender, gay and straight, which has  played in cities across North America and Ireland for the past dozen years. The show, directed by Brian Remo, opens in previews tonightSnapple Theater Center in the Jerry Orbach Theater, 1627 Broadway at 50th St. , third fl. Thu. evenings, 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 at ticketmaster.com or 212-921-7862.