January Presentations

Dr. Annette Bochenek loves to take Hometowns to Hollywood on the road in order to offer fun and engaging presentations about Hollywood’s Golden Age. Her presentations range from focusing on various subjects related to Golden Age Hollywood, in addition to presentations that profile individual performers.

Below is a listing of upcoming presentations and screenings for Hometowns to Hollywood. Attendance is free of charge unless otherwise noted.

To learn more about booking Hometowns to Hollywood at your organization, click here.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Dressing the Stars
Thurs., Jan. 7, 2021, 1-2pm CST
Cook Memorial Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Film stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age channeled glamour and influenced fashion, thanks to the talented costume designers working in the studio system. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the classic Hollywood’s top costume designers, iconic costumes, and the legacy of these designs today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Jimmy Stewart: Hollywood’s Everyman
Tues., Jan. 12, 2021, 7-8pm CST
Eisenhower Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Jimmy Stewart was one of the most honored and popular stars in Hollywood history. An actor, military officer, and family man, Stewart achieved success in many different aspects of his career. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about Stewart’s early years in Indiana, Pennsylvania, his Hollywood and military career, and his legacy today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Sitcom Deep-Dive: The Honeymooners
Wed., Jan. 13, 2021, 1-2pm CST
Patty Turner Center
Online Program via Zoom
The 1950s gave way to many notable television sitcoms, including The Honeymooners. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the core cast members of The Honeymooners (Ralph, Alice, Norton, and Trixie), the “classic 39” episodes, and the legacy of these performances and episodes today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture
Tues., Jan. 19, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Naperville Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Many classic films were inspired by books, with movie studios putting their own “Hollywood touch” on the story. What compelled studios to create these films and make changes? Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about classic films based upon books as well as a discussion of comparisons between the text and film. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Dynamic Duos: Comedic Partnerships
Weds., Jan. 20, 2021, 2pm-3pm CST
Niles Senior Center
Free Online Program via Zoom
Whether over the airwaves or on the silver screen, the classic comedy genre benefited from many beloved comedic partnerships. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about early comedy’s top partnerships, including Abbott & Costello, Burns & Allen, Laurel & Hardy, Martin & Lewis, and more. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The center charges $5 admission. REGISTER HERE.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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