Art for a cause
Join an evening of "Paris on the Parkway," a Show of Hands benefit for MANNA, the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance, which delivers food to local residents living with serious illnesses, including AIDS. Take part in a live auction with auctioneer Ray Murray, or a silent art auction featuring hundreds of items. The evening includes a lavish Parisian cocktail party.
Galleries at Moore, 20th Street and the Parkway, 5 p.m. $60. 215-49-MANNA.
Black film history
Starting 20 years ago with Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It," the past two decades have seen a "new wave" of black films that have put hundreds of black actors, actresses, producers and directors on the map. Celebrate the ground-breaking work with author Esther Iverem, as she discusses her new book "We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies, 1986-2006," an introspective look at the films that changed Hollywood.
Robins Bookstore, 108 S. 13th St. 6 p.m. Free. 215-735-9600.
If you love horror movies, you'll be in heaven this weekend as the Monster Mania conference returns with a who's who of ghoulish guests from the creepiest films. There's a reunion of the characters from the classic George A. Romero series, "Night of the Living Dead," plus appearances by comic clown Matthew Lillard of "Scream" and Barbara Ned of the nail-biter "Hostel."
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2349 W. Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill. Friday 5 p.m. -2 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 a.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.$17 in advance, $20 day of show, $35 three-day pass.