Stop by the Stonewall National Museum & Archives Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, for the opening reception for “Queer Kids: Coming Out in America” tonight at 6 p.m. This exhibition of photographs by Michael Sharkey is the culmination of more than eight years of work in the U.S. and Europe. At a time when young people are coming out earlier, each portrait provides a powerful testament to the self-awareness and dignity of his subjects. The exhibit will remain on view through January 4. For more information, go to Stonewall-Museum.org.
It’s Halloween and ghosts, ghouls and all things that go bump in the night will be headed for the gayborhood. This year, the theme for one of the biggest street parties of the year, Wicked Manors, is Freak Show, presented by the Pride Center and the city of Wilton Manors. Join in the flash mob performance of “Super Freak” by Rick James and “Le Freak” by Chic choreographed by Tito Abdelredo, enjoy DJs and local performers, or just parade up and down the drive. For more information, go to WickedManors.org.
Known for his rich, fiery rock voice and passionately intense performances, David Cook—the unforgettable “American Idol” season seven winner—comes to the Broward Center for an intimate performance tonight at 8 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater. After winning the “American Idol” crown, Cook subsequently made chart history with a record-breaking 14 debuts on “Billboard” magazine’s digital songs chart. His new work is an impressive collection of tunes teeming with a restless creative spirit, yet anchored by amazing emotional depth. Tickets start at $25 at BrowardCenter.org.
If you followed the hit NBC competition “Last Comic Standing,” last summer on television, then get ready to see all of your favorite comedians, live on stage tonight at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. All of your favorite contestants will take the stage, including winner Rod Man, Rocky Laporte, Lachlan Patterson, Joe Machi, D.C. Benny and Nikki Carr. Tickets start at $15 at Kravis.org. (You can also catch the tour on Saturday, Nov. 1 when it makes a stop at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts.)
“East Hampton, Last Summer,” the latest work from award-winning local playwright Tony Finstrom will have its first staged reading to open Jan McArt’s New Play Reading Series tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University in Boca Raton. Directed by Wayne Rudisill, the new play features a cast of stellar local actors including series producer McArt, Iris Acker, Beth Holland, Jeffrey Bruce, Shari Upbin and Michael McKeever. The series continues on January 12 with McKeever’s “Daniel’s Husband.” Tickets are $10 at Events.Lynn.edu.
Head to the local cineplex tonight for “Gone Girl,” the thriller starring Ben Affleck and our favorite gay-playing-straight leading man, Neil Patrick Harris. Word has it Doogie even goes full frontal in this one. David Fincher’s film plays like an episode of “Dateline Mystery”: On his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick (Affleck) reports his wife missing. Under pressure from the growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking: Did Nick do it? Check local listings for show times and theaters.