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:

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. REGISTER HERE.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Weds., July 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. REGISTER HERE.

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. REGISTER HERE.

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.

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. REGISTER HERE.

Hometowns to Hollywood: Pola Negri
Polish American Cultural Club
American Legion Post 1941
900 South La Grange Rd, La Grange, IL 60525
Poland produced various artists and performers who were influential both on and off the screen in Hollywood. One of the top Polish stars to achieve worldwide success as a tragedienne was Pola Negri. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for an abbreviated presentation on Pola Negri, as she discusses her career, legacy, and early years in Europe in a multimedia 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: Bob Hope in The Cat and the Canary (1939)
Mon., Oct. 28, 2019, 7pm
Arlington Heights Memorial Library
500 N Dunton Ave. Arlington Hts., IL 60004
When an eccentric family meets in their uncle’s remote, decaying mansion on the anniversary of his death for the reading of his will, murder and madness follow. What happens next? Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek in this month’s installment of the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series for a tribute to Bob Hope and a discussion of his early years in England and Cincinnati. A screening of the spooky 1939 comedy, The Cat and the Canary, starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard, will follow the discussion. 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.

The Irish in Hollywood
Fri., Mar. 6, 2020, 1pm-2pm
Glenview Public Library
1930 Glenview Rd, Glenview, IL 60025
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 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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