Events

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, click here.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Jack Benny: An Illinois Original
Thurs., July 26, 2018, 1pm-2pm
Mount Prospect Public Library
10 S Emerson St., Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
Jack Benny is regarded as one of the top comedians in American history, shining in vaudeville, radio, television, and film, while making a huge impact upon the sitcom genre. Join Film Historian Annette Bochenek for a special “Hometowns to Hollywood” tribute to Jack Benny, as she discusses his career, legacy, and early years in Waukegan, IL, in a multimedia presentation. This program is part of Mount Prospect Public Library’s celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial. REGISTER HERE.

Hometowns to Hollywood: The Marx Bros in A Night at the Opera
Tues., Aug. 7, 2018, 7pm-9pm
Arlington Heights Memorial Library
500 N Dunton Ave., Arlington Hts., IL 60004
The zany Marx Brothers cause chaos in the world of opera when a business manager Otis B. Driftwood meets an aspiring singer who is determined to win the love of a fellow performer. Otis and his friends work to unite the couple, pausing only to poke fun at high society. Join Film Historian Annette Bochenek in this month’s installment of the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series for a tribute to the Marx Brothers and a discussion of his early years in New York and their Chicago area connections. A screening of the hilarious 1935 classic, A Night at the Opera, starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, and Harpo Marx, will follow the discussion. This event will be in the Hendrickson Room at Arlington Heights Memorial Library. REGISTER HERE.

Jack Benny: An Illinois Original
Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 6pm-7pm
Indian Trails Public Library District
355 Schoenbeck Rd., Wheeling, IL 60090
Jack Benny is regarded as one of the top comedians in American history, shining in vaudeville, radio, television, and film, while making a huge impact upon the sitcom genre. Join Film Historian Annette Bochenek for a special “Hometowns to Hollywood” tribute to Jack Benny, as she discusses his career, legacy, and early years in Waukegan, IL, in a multimedia presentation. This program is part of Indian Trails Public Library’s celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial. REGISTER HERE.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 7pm-8pm
Winnetka-Northfield Public Library
768 Oak St., Winnetka, 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 Annette Bochenek for a presentation about the film industry’s early days in Chicago, as she discusses former silent film studios in the 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.

A Night at the Oscars
Tues., Feb. 19, 2019, 7pm-8pm
St. Charles Public Library
1 S 6th Ave., St. Charles, IL 60174
It’s time to get red carpet-ready! Join Film Historian Annette Bochenek as she presents about 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 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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