March Presentations

Dr. Annette Bochenek loves to take Hometowns to Hollywood on the road–in person or virtually–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:

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Weds,. Mar. 1, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Cary Area Library 
1606 Three Oaks Rd, Cary, IL 60013
Women have been highly influential in the film industry ever since the Silent Era, both on-screen and off. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about the lives and legacies of some of classic Hollywood’s incredible female directors and stars who possessed a keen sense of business acumen and innovation during the early days of the film industry. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Dynamic Duos: Classic Comedy Partnerships
Thurs., Mar. 2, 2023, 2pm-3pm CT
Mid-Continent Public Library
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 early comedy’s top partnerships, including Abbott & Costello, Burns & Allen, Laurel & Hardy, Martin & Lewis, and more. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

A Night at the Oscars: Best Actress Spotlight
Thurs., Mar. 2, 2023, 7pm-8pm ET
Baltimore County Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Oscar night is Hollywood’s biggest night, with nominees hoping to bring home the most coveted award in the industry. Among them is the Best Actress award, celebrating noteworthy performances by actresses during the award year. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about memorable Best Actress moments during Oscar ceremonies of years past, as well as exciting victories and shocking upsets. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture Part I
Mon., Mar. 6, 2023, 1pm-2pm CT
Eventbrite
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. Tickets are $10. BUY TICKETS HERE.

A Night at the Oscars: Best Picture Spotlight
Mon., Mar. 6, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Indian Trails Public Library
355 Schoenbeck Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090
It’s time to get red carpet ready and delve into the history of the Best Picture category! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents the evolution of the Best Picture category, memorable Best Picture contenders, and this year’s nominees. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

A Night at the Oscars: Best Picture Spotlight
Tues., Mar. 7, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT 
Elk Grove Village Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
It’s time to get red carpet ready and delve into the history of the Best Picture category! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents the evolution of the Best Picture category, memorable Best Picture contenders, and this year’s nominees. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

A Night at the Oscars: Academy Awards History
Weds., Mar. 8, 2023, 6:30pm-7:30pm ET
Poughkeepsie Public Library 
Free Online Program via Zoom
It’s time to get red carpet-ready! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents the history of the Academy Awards and some of its memorable moments, while also profiling the Best Picture picks for this year. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

How’d They Do That?!
Weds., Mar. 8, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT
Winnetka-Northfield Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Classic Hollywood has achieved a wide variety of iconic scenes that simply take one’s breath away. Movie characters have parted the Red Sea, dodged crop dusters, scaled skyscrapers, and more, leaving audiences wondering, “How’d they do that?!” Join Film Historian Annette Bochenek for a presentation about how some of classic Hollywood’s most memorable movie scenes were developed, approached, and accomplished. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Thurs., Mar. 9, 2023, 6:30pm-7:30pm ET 
Sandusky Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Women have been highly influential in the film industry ever since the Silent Era, both on-screen and off. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about the lives and legacies of some of classic Hollywood’s incredible female directors and stars who possessed a keen sense of business acumen and innovation during the early days of the film industry. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

A Night at the Oscars: Academy Awards History
Thurs., Mar. 9, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT
Mid-Continent Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
It’s time to get red carpet-ready! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents the history of the Academy Awards and some of its memorable moments, while also profiling the Best Picture picks for this year. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

A Night at the Oscars: Academy Awards History
Fri., Mar. 10, 2023, 6pm-7pm CT 
Mahomet Public Library District
Free Online Program via Zoom
It’s time to get red carpet-ready! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents the history of the Academy Awards and some of its memorable moments, while also profiling the Best Picture picks for this year. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

How’d They Do That?! 
Sat., Mar. 11, 2023, 1pm-2pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Montgomery Library
1111 Reading Dr, Montgomery, IL 60538
Classic Hollywood has achieved a wide variety of iconic scenes that simply take one’s breath away. Movie characters have parted the Red Sea, dodged crop dusters, scaled skyscrapers, and more, leaving audiences wondering, “How’d they do that?!” Join Film Historian Annette Bochenek for a presentation about how some of classic Hollywood’s most memorable movie scenes were developed, approached, and accomplished. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Ladies of Laughter: Great Comediennes
Mon., Mar. 13, 2023, 1pm-2pm CT 
Oregon Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
In the early days of comedy and beyond, many top-notch classic comediennes have made audiences laugh. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the funny women of film, television, and radio, including Gracie Allen, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, and more. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Mon,. Mar. 13, 2023, 3pm-4pm CT 
Town & Country Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Women have been highly influential in the film industry ever since the Silent Era, both on-screen and off. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about the lives and legacies of some of classic Hollywood’s incredible female directors and stars who possessed a keen sense of business acumen and innovation during the early days of the film industry. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Betty White: A Lifetime of Laughter
Mon., Mar. 13, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT
Downers Grove Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
An actress and activist, comedian Betty White was a woman of many achievements both on and off the screen. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for this special birthday presentation about the early years, career highlights, and legacy of Betty White. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Weds., Mar. 15, 2023, 6pm-7pm ET
(IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL OPTIONS; SPEAKER IS VIRTUAL)

Hamilton East Public Library
5 Municipal Dr, Fishers, IN 46038
Noblesville Library
1 Library Plaza, Noblesville, IN 46060
Free Online Program via Zoom

Women have been highly influential in the film industry ever since the Silent Era, both on-screen and off. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about the lives and legacies of some of classic Hollywood’s incredible female directors and stars who possessed a keen sense of business acumen and innovation during the early days of the film industry. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. 
REGISTER IN PERSON AT FISHERS LIBRARY HERE.
REGISTER IN PERSON AT NOBLESVILLE LIBRARY HERE.
REGISTER VIRTUALLY HERE.

The Irish in Hollywood
Thurs., Mar. 16, 2023, 7:30pm-8:30pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Warrenville Public Library
28W751 Stafford Pl, Warrenville, IL 60555
Ring in St. Patrick’s Day with “The Irish in Hollywood!” The films of Hollywood’s Golden Age offered many depictions and talents from Ireland. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she explores a selection of the studio system’s top stars and classic films that paid tribute to Ireland. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

The Irish in Hollywood
Sat., Mar. 18, 2023, 10am-11:30am CT 
Newberry Library
Online Program via Zoom
Ring in St. Patrick’s Day with “The Irish in Hollywood!” The films of Hollywood’s Golden Age offered many depictions and talents from Ireland. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she explores a selection of the studio system’s top stars and classic films that paid tribute to Ireland. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. Tickets are $45 for Newberry members and $50 for nonmembers. REGISTER HERE.

Betty White: A Lifetime of Laughter
Mon., Mar. 20, 2023, 7pm-8pm ET
Somerset County Library System of New Jersey
Free Online Program via Zoom
An actress and activist, comedian Betty White was a woman of many achievements both on and off the screen. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about the early years, career highlights, and legacy of Betty White. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Hedy Lamarr: A Brilliant Beauty
Tues., Mar. 21, 2023, 10am-11am CT (IN-PERSON)
Clarinda Cady Questers
Palatine Lib-Meeting Rm 1

Known as “The Most Beautiful Woman in Films,” Hedy Lamarr was not only a box office bombshell but also an inventor. In fact, the principles of her work are incorporated into some of the technologies we use today. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a special “Hometowns to Hollywood” tribute to Hedy Lamarr, as she discusses her career, legacy, and early years in Austria and the United States, in a multimedia presentation. PRIVATE EVENT.

Hollywood Goes to the Library
Tues., Mar. 21, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Mount Prospect Public Library
10 S Emerson St, Mt Prospect, IL 60056
Librarians and libraries have been portrayed throughout classic films, spanning many genres. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents depictions of librarians and libraries in classic films as well as the influence of special real-life librarians upon the film industry. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Weds., Mar. 22, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT 
Glenview Public Library 
Free Online Program via Zoom
Women have been highly influential in the film industry ever since the Silent Era, both on-screen and off. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about the lives and legacies of some of classic Hollywood’s incredible female directors and stars who possessed a keen sense of business acumen and innovation during the early days of the film industry. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

The Irish in Hollywood
Thurs., Mar. 23, 2023, 12pm-1pm CT
Fountaindale Public Library
Online Program via Zoom
Ring in St. Patrick’s Day with “The Irish in Hollywood!” The films of Hollywood’s Golden Age offered many depictions and talents from Ireland. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she explores a selection of the studio system’s top stars and classic films that paid tribute to Ireland. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Thurs., Mar. 23, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT (IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL)
Elmhurst Public Library 
125 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126
Women have been highly influential in the film industry ever since the Silent Era, both on-screen and off. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about the lives and legacies of some of classic Hollywood’s incredible female directors and stars who possessed a keen sense of business acumen and innovation during the early days of the film industry. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. 
REGISTER HERE FOR IN-PERSON.
REGISTER HERE FOR VIRTUAL.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Mon., Mar. 27, 2023, 1pm-2:30pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Oakton Community College
7701 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 60077
Before the film industry moved West, it was firmly rooted in Chicago. Its key players included Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, “Broncho Billy” Anderson, and many more. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about the film industry’s early days in Chicago, as she discusses former silent film studios in Chicago, film stars who worked in Chicago, and the legacies of these studios and stars today. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. PRIVATE EVENT.

How’d They Do That?!
Tues. Mar. 28, 2023, 1pm-2:30pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Oakton Community College
7701 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 60077
Classic Hollywood has achieved a wide variety of iconic scenes that simply take one’s breath away. Movie characters have parted the Red Sea, dodged crop dusters, scaled skyscrapers, and more, leaving audiences wondering, “How’d they do that?!” Join Film Historian Annette Bochenek for a presentation about how some of classic Hollywood’s most memorable movie scenes were developed, approached, and accomplished. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. PRIVATE EVENT.

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Tues., Mar. 28, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT (IN-PERSON)
The Stage Left Cafe
125 W Van Buren St, Woodstock, IL 60098
Women have been highly influential in the film industry ever since the Silent Era, both on-screen and off. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about the lives and legacies of some of classic Hollywood’s incredible female directors and stars who possessed a keen sense of business acumen and innovation during the early days of the film industry. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. Tickets are $15 per person. BUY TICKETS HERE.

Bombshells: Hollywood’s Leading Ladies
Thurs., Mar. 30, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Wheaton Public Library
225 N Cross St, Wheaton, IL 60187
Hollywood has had its fair share of leading ladies, with many of them remaining iconic to this day as studio bombshells. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents the history of the Hollywood bombshell, some of the top Hollywood bombshells, and their legacies today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

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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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