Events

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:

Matinee Idols: Hollywood’s Leading Men
Tues., June 22, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Eisenhower Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
From charismatic leads to memorable crooners, Hollywood’s studio bombshells often worked alongside top matinee idols of the day. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the histories of various matinee idols, some of Hollywood’s top leading men, and their legacies today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Thurs., July 8, 2021, 1pm-2pm CST
CJE SeniorLife
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 consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Silent Clowns: Chaplin, Keaton, & Lloyd 
Tues., July 13, 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm CST
Cook Memorial Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Go behind the scenes of classic Hollywood history with Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek. Discover the stories and careers of three comedians crucial to the slapstick genre: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

The History of the Hollywood Musical
Mon., July 19 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Addison Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
While musicals have their roots on the stage, their transition to the big screen took Hollywood by storm. At the same time, it also presented many challenges for the film industry. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the history of classic Hollywood musicals, some of the top musical stars, and more. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Hollywood Style: Icons of Fashion
Tues., July 20, 2021, 3:30pm-4:30pm CST
North Shore Senior Center
Online Program via Zoom
Classic Hollywood stars and the fashions they wore both on-screen and off were influential style choices for moviegoers around the world. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the daring wardrobe choices and revolutionary makeup innovations of the stars as well as their legacies today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The center charges $12 for members and $17 for non-members. REGISTER HERE.

Lovely to Look At: The Glamour and Influence of Hollywood’s Golden Age
Thurs., July 22, 2021, 6pm-7pm CST
Evansville Museum
411 SE Riverside Dr., Evansville, IN 47713
As filmgoers sought to escape the struggles of the Great Depression, their burdens were temporarily lifted when they entered the movie palace. During Hollywood’s Golden Age, audiences departed from their difficult realities and reveled in delicious plots, glamourous stars, beautiful Art Deco sets, and stunning fashions worn by their favorite screen stars. Join Film Historian Annette Bochenek, Ph.D., for a special presentation about the stars and original gowns featured in Evansville Museum’s Escapism: Finding Solace During the Great Depression exhibit, profiling Clara Bow, Joan Crawford, Carole Lombard, Norma Shearer, Barbara Stanwyck, and more. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link to this in-person event will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Swooners & Crooners: Hollywood’s Leading Men
Fri., July 30, 2021, 10am-11:30am CST
North Shore Senior Center
Online Program via Zoom
From charismatic leads to memorable crooners, Hollywood’s studio bombshells often worked alongside top matinee idols of the day. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the histories of various matinee idols, some of Hollywood’s top leading men, and their legacies today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The center charges $12 for members and $17 for non-members. REGISTER HERE.

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture Part I
Weds., Aug. 11, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Prospect Heights 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. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

The Roaring Twenties: From Silents to Sound
Thurs., Aug. 12, 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm CST
Cook Memorial Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
The 1920s were a great period of transition for the United States and the filmmaking industry. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the early film industry of the 1920s, some of its top stars, technological innovations, and influential films. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. This program is part of the Cook Memorial Public Library’s 100th anniversary celebration. REGISTER HERE.

The History of the Hollywood Musical
Tues., Aug. 17, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Prairie Trails Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
While musicals have their roots on the stage, their transition to the big screen took Hollywood by storm. At the same time, it also presented many challenges for the film industry. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the history of classic Hollywood musicals, some of the top musical stars, and more. 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.

Fins, Furs, and Feathers: A-List Animals
Tues., Aug. 24, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Lake Bluff Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom

While classic Hollywood had its fair share of human actors, many memorable animal stars also enjoyed success and the appreciation of audiences all over the world. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about a variety of animal performers, their careers, and their legacies today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

A Hollywood Halloween
Weds., Oct. 13, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Fountaindale Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Creep into the spooky side of classic Hollywood! From beloved classic horror films to lesser-known gems, explore the variety of classic horror films and characters as well as how the genre was developed to entertain audiences of all ages. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the production of impactful classic horror films, notable stars of the genre, as well as the legacy of these films and stars 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.

Movie Melodies: The Music of Cole Porter
Thurs., Oct. 28, 2021, 7:30pm-8:30pm CST
Elmhurst Public Library
Online Program via Zoom
Many beloved classic Hollywood films made all the more memorable by the musical talents of American songwriter and composer Cole Porter. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the influence of Cole Porter in classic film, some of his most popular songs represented in film, and his legacy 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.

James Dean: Hollywood’s Rebel
Tues., Nov. 16, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Palatine Public Library
700 N North Ct, Palatine, IL 60067
Hailing from the Heartland, James Dean’s expressive persona and dedication to method acting cemented his legacy as a Hollywood icon gone too soon. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about Dean’s career, his influence upon pop culture, and his legacy 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.

The Roaring Twenties: From Silents to Sound
Mon., Nov. 22, 2021, 1pm-2:30pm CST
North Shore Senior Center
Free Online Program via Zoom
The 1920s were a great period of transition for the United States and the filmmaking industry. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the early film industry of the 1920s, some of its top stars, technological innovations, and influential films. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The center charges $12 for members and $17 for non-members. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Thurs., Feb. 3, 2022, TBD
Northbrook Woman’s Club
In-Person, TBD
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 consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories.

Hollywood Valentine: Married in the Movies
Thurs., Feb. 10, 2022, 7-8pm CST
Rolling Meadows Library
Online Program via Zoom
Love is in the air in classic Hollywood! Many beloved Hollywood classics featured wedding scenes across a broad range of film genres. In real life, many film stars also happened to have high-profile and eagerly anticipated weddings. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about memorable classic film wedding moments, both on the screen and off. 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.

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