Screamer's dream

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, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow, $17 in advance, $20 day of show, $35 three-day pass,

Rare Japanese watercolors

"Ike Taiga and Tokuyama Gyokuran: Japanese Masters of the Brush" offers an unprecedented look at two fabled artists who were also a married couple in 18th-century Japan.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and Ben Franklin Parkway, through July 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, tomorrow and Tuesday through Thursday, till 8:45 p.m. Friday, $12, $9 seniors, $8 students, under 12 free, 215-763-8100,

Art on the Hill

Art buffs, don't miss the Chestnut Hill Gallery's May Reception and Art Sale, featuring landscape art from locals Kathy Busillo, Robert Amosky, Betz Green and others. Several of the artists will be on hand to mingle.

Chestnut Hill Gallery & Frame Shoppe, 8117 Germantown Ave., 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., free, 215-248-2549,

Funny foursome

From Itamar Moses, author of "Outrage" and "Bach at Leipzig," comes "The Four of Us," a comedy about a playwright and his novelist friend who try to make it big - and encounter some obstacles along the way.

St. Stephen's Theatre, 10th and Ludlow streets, 8 p.m., runs through June 17. $10-$32, 215-592-9560,

Keystone realism

Pennsylvania artists made major contributions to 20th-century American realism. The works of 38 masters of the style are included in a new exhibit, "Artists of the Commonwealth," at the Michener Art Museum.

Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through Sept. 2, $6, 215-340-9800,


Looking for wheel love?

Meet Market Adventures hosts a singles guided bike tour through Philadelphia, a chance for singles to meet, get some exercise and see historic Philadelphia, the Italian Market, the Edgar Allan Poe House and more.

Meet at Atwater Kent Museum, 15 S. 7th St., 9:30 a.m., $40 (bike rental, reservations required, $12), 877-668-6338.

The jazz muse

The Delaware Valley Association of Black Psychologists will host its annual Jazz Brunch and Culture Bazaar, featuring the music of Stephanie Renee and her band, Muses Wild.

Airport Holiday Inn, 45 Industrial Way, 2 p.m.-6 p.m., $40, 610-521-2400.

Chicken soup all around

Comedian and Emmy-award winner Judy Gold, star of the Broadway play "25 Questions for a Jewish Mother," talks about her book of the same name, which is based on candid interviews with Jewish moms across the United States.

Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St., 3 p.m., $12 in advance, 215-569-9700 or


A side order of song

Fans of Stephen Sondheim will delight in "Side by Side with Sondheim," a musical revue of the master's early Broadway works.

Studio on 3 at the Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, through July 1, $28, 215-574-3550,

Bottoms up

Join "Once Upon a Nation's" Tippler's Tour, a chance to learn all about some of Old City's historic taverns, their drinking traditions and even some classic toasts.

Independence Living History Center, 115 S. 3rd St., 5:30 p.m. Thursday, $25-$30, 215-629-4026,