'Daisies' showing at International House

Posted: January 18, 2013

THE 1966 film "Daisies," directed by Vera Chytilova, created quite the stir with its vivid surrealist imagery, nonlinear plot and feminist message. The film follows two mischievous women, both named Marie, who repeatedly defy authority.

Banned from theaters by the Communist party of the time, the film comes from a place of political turbulence. It's an anarchist statement that, in some ways, transmits the political attitude of the Czechoslovakian people in the late '60s.

International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St., 7 p.m., Friday, $7-$9, 215-387-5125, ihousephilly.org.

Quoth the raven:

Happy birthday, Edgar!

Edgar Allan Poe lived in Philadelphia for six years and wrote some of his best-known works here, including The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher and The Tell-Tale Heart.

During Poe's stay here, the Laurel Hill Cemetery opened. To mark the 204th anniversary of Poe's birth, David Horwitz and Carol Yaster will take visitors on a tour of Laurel Hill with stops at the graves of those who knew and worked with Poe.

"Poe may be buried in Baltimore, but Laurel Hill is the final resting place for his editors, publishers, fellow writers, even his best friend in Philadelphia, Henry Beck Hirst," said Carol Yaster, who heads the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery.

"Edgar Allan Poe: A Birthday Tribute," Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave, 1 p.m., Saturday, $9-$12, 215-228-8200, thelaurelhillcemetery.org.

- Amanda V. Wagner

Art Attack is a partnership with Drexel University and is supported by a grant from the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge, administered by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

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