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:

Silent Film Society of Chicago: Laurel & Hardy in Do Detectives Think? (1927) and Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Fri., May 31, 2019, 8pm
Catlow Theater
116 W Main St, Barrington, IL 60010
In Do Detectives Think, an escaped convict is out to kill the judge who sentenced him while two inept detectives are hired to guard the judge. In The Phantom of the Opera, a mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. Join the Silent Film Society of Chicago in this special screening with live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren and an introduction by film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek. The event includes a charity auction for the Catlow Theater, vendors, free posters, and a costume contest. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children. LEARN MORE HERE.

Monday Matinee: The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Mon., June 10, 2019, 2pm-4pm
Barrington Area Library
505 N. Northwest Hwy, Barrington, IL 60010
Scientists work to capture a strange prehistoric animal for study. Will everything go according to plan? Join Dr. Annette Bochenek and Kelly Avila for a presentation about The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). A screening of the film will follow.  REGISTER HERE.

Hometowns to Hollywood: Elizabeth Taylor
Tues., June 11, 2019, 3pm-4pm
Indian Trails Public Library District
355 Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling, IL, 60090
Elizabeth Taylor is known as one of the most beautiful and talented actresses in Hollywood history. From her early days as a child actress to becoming a confident woman in the industry, Taylor remains an iconic talent to this day. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about Taylor’s early days in England, her time in Hollywood, and her legacy today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. This program is part of the library’s “It’s Showtime at the Library!” Summer reading theme. REGISTER HERE.

Hometowns to Hollywood: Judy Garland
Tues., June 18, 2019, 2pm-3pm
Wilmette Public Library
1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091
Judy Garland is known as one of the most popular singers of her day. From her early days as a child actress to becoming an iconic star, Garland remains a beloved talent to this day. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about Garland’s early years in Minnesota, her time in Hollywood, and her legacy today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. No registration required. LEARN MORE HERE.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Thurs., June 27, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Elmwood Park Public Library
1 Conti Pkwy, Elmwood Park, IL 60707
Before the film industry moved West, it was firmly rooted in Chicago. Some of 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 consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Monday Matinee: A Night at the Opera (1933)
Mon., July 8, 2019, 2pm-4pm
Barrington Area Library
505 N. Northwest Hwy, Barrington, IL 60010
The zany Marx Brothers cause chaos in the world of opera when a business manager helps his friend win the love of a fellow performer while poking fun at high society. Join Dr. Annette Bochenek and Kelly Avila for a presentation about A Night at the Opera (1933). A screening of the film will follow. REGISTER HERE.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Thurs., July 10, 2019, 1:00pm-2:00pm
North Shore Senior Center
161 Northfield Rd, Northfield, IL 60093
Before the film industry moved West, it was firmly rooted in Chicago. Some of 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 consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation. The center charges $12 for members and $17 for non-members.

Dynamic Duos: Comedic Partnerships
Mon., July 15, 2019, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Algonquin Area Library–Eastgate Branch
115 Eastgate Dr, Algonquin, IL 60102
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 registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Bombshells: Hollywood’s Leading Ladies
Weds., July 17, 2019, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Mary Lubko Center
208 W Union Ave, 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 about 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. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Red Skelton Festival: Red Skelton in Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)
Sat., July 20, 2019, 2:30-5pm
Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy
20 W Red Skelton Blvd, Vincennes, IN 47591
In Du Barry Was a Lady, a night club’s coatroom attendant who’s in love with the club’s singer accidentally sips a drugged drink that makes him dream he’s French King Louis XV courting the infamous Madame Du Barry. Celebrate the life and legacy of Red Skelton in his hometown of Vincennes, IN, at the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy. In addition to other special guests in attendance celebrating Skelton’s contributions to comedy, film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek will offer an introduction to the film. LEARN MORE HERE.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Mon., July 22, 2019, 1pm-2pm
Prospect Heights Public Library
12 N Elm Street, Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Before the film industry moved West, it was firmly rooted in Chicago. Some of 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 consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Weds., June 31, 2019, 9:30am-10:30am
Bernard Weinger JCC of Chicago
300 Revere Dr, Northbrook, IL 60062
Before the film industry moved West, it was firmly rooted in Chicago. Some of 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 consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. Members of the JCC attend for free. $10 charge for non-members.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Mon., Aug. 5, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Palatine Public Library District
700 N. North Ct, Palatine, IL 60067
Before the film industry moved West, it was firmly rooted in Chicago. Some of 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 consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Fred & Ginger: Forever Dancing
Sat., Aug. 10, 2019, 2pm-3pm
Oak Brook Public Library
600 Oak Brook Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are easily considered to be the most iconic dancing duo in cinematic history. Complementing each other on screen with innovative techniques, Astaire and Rogers danced their way through many beloved films while pioneering future aspects of dance in cinema. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about Astaire and Rogers’s early years in Nebraska and Missouri, their Hollywood careers, and their 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.

Monday Matinee: To Have and Have Not (1944)
Mon., Aug. 12, 2019, 2pm-4pm
Barrington Area Library
505 N. Northwest Hwy, Barrington, IL 60010
During World War II, and American expatriate helps transport a French Resistance leader and his wife to Martinique while romancing a lounge singer. Join Dr. Annette Bochenek and Kelly Avila for a presentation about Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s first on-screen pairing in To Have and Have Not (1944). A screening of the film will follow. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Hedy Lamarr: A Brilliant Beauty
Tues., Aug. 13, 2019, 1pm-2pm
Patty Turner Center
375 Elm St, Deerfield, IL 60015
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. The cost of this event is $25 for members of the women’s club and $20 for non-members. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Hometowns to Hollywood: Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Tues., Aug. 27, 2019, 7pm
Arlington Heights Memorial Library
500 N Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective and many other admirers. What does the journey hold in store for them? Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a special “Hometowns to Hollywood” tribute to Marilyn Monroe, as she discusses her career, legacy, and early years in Los Angeles. A screening of 1953 musical comedy, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, will follow, starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Arcada Theatre Silent Film Festival
Buster Keaton in Three Ages (1923)
Tues., Sept. 10, 2019, 7:30pm
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
Enjoy Buster Keaton in his first full-length feature, Three Ages, which profile his misadventures in three separate historical periods. Films are accompanied by Organist Jay Warren on the Arcada’s original 1926 pipe organ. Special guest and Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek will be introducing the films. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture
Weds., Sept. 11, 2019, 1pm-2pm
Cary Area Public Library
1606 Three Oaks Rd, Cary, IL 60013
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.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Thurs., Sept. 12, 2019, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Des Plaines History Center
781 Pearson St, Des Plaines, IL 60016
Before the film industry moved West, it was firmly rooted in Chicago. Some of 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 consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Arcada Theatre Silent Film Festival
The Cat and the Canary (1927)
Tues., Oct. 8, 2019, 7:30pm
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
This film tells the story of the relatives of an eccentric millionaire gathering in his spooky mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death for the reading of his will. Films are accompanied by Organist Jay Warren on the Arcada’s original 1926 pipe organ. Special guest and Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek will be introducing the films. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

1939: Cinema’s Greatest Year
Tues., Oct. 15, 2019, 7pm-8pm
St. Charles Public Library
1 S 6th Ave, St. Charles, IL 60174
For film historians, 1939 is arguably considered to be the greatest year in American cinema. Introducing classics with iconic films such as The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and more, there is much to be celebrated about this pivotal year. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about key films released in 1939, in addition to the challenges and successes of these productions. 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.

Arcada Theatre Silent Film Festival
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Tues., Oct. 22, 2019, 7:30pm
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
This film tells the story of hypnotist Dr. Caligari, who uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. Films are accompanied by Organist Jay Warren on the Arcada’s original 1926 pipe organ. Special guest and Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek will be introducing the films. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Hometowns to Hollywood: Laurel & Hardy
Weds., Oct. 30, 2019, 1:00pm-2:00pm
North Shore Senior Center
161 Northfield Rd, Northfield, IL 60093
Go behind the scenes of classic Hollywood history with Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as you learn about the lives and legacies of the comedic duo, Laurel and Hardy. Learn about Stan Laurel’s early years in Ulverston, England, and Oliver Hardy’s early years in Harlem, GA, in addition to their careers and 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 center charges $12 for members and $17 for non-members.

Jimmy Stewart: Hollywood’s Everyman
Mon., Dec. 9, 2019, 1pm-2pm
Prospect Heights Public Library
12 N Elm Street, Prospect Heights, IL 60070
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. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture
Mon., Jan. 20, 2020, 1pm-2pm
Helen Plum Library
110 W. Maple Street, Lombard, IL 60148
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.

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