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:

Bad Boys & Girls: The Characters We Love to Hate
Tues., July 14, 2020, 9am-10am CST
Patty Turner Center
Free Online Program via Zoom
While many classic film characters are honorable or heroic, others were certainly the opposite. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation on the stellar performances of actors who portrayed some of the not-so-nice characters in classic Hollywood cinema—the characters who audiences loved to hate. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. ENJOY THE PRESENTATION HERE.

Fred and Ginger: Forever Dancing
Weds., July 22, 2020, 1pm-2pm CST
North Shore Congregation Israel
Free Online Program via Zoom
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. ENJOY THE PRESENTATION HERE.

The History of the Hollywood Musical
Sun., Aug. 2, 2020, 2pm-3pm CST
Morton Grove 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.

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture
Thurs., Aug. 6, 2020, 7pm-8pm
Rolling Meadows 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 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. REGISTER HERE.

Dynamic Duos: Comedic Partnerships
Tues., Aug. 25, 2020, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Cook Memorial Public Library District
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 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. REGISTER HERE.

Dynamic Duos: Comedic Partnerships
Thurs., Sept. 17, 2020, 2pm-3pm CST
Northbrook 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 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.

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture
Mon., Oct. 5, 2020, 1pm-2:30pm
North Shore Senior Center
161 Northfield Rd, Northfield, IL 60093
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 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.

Darlings of the Depression 
Tues., Oct. 6, 2020, 7pm-8pm CST
Glenview Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
During the challenges of the Great Depression, audiences turned to the movies for comfort and inspiration. Learn about the many Depression Era film stars, their impact upon the film industry, and how their legacies are still honored 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.

Presentation Topic TBD
Tues., Oct. 13, 2020, 7pm-8pm
St. Anne’s Women’s Club
TBD, Barrington, IL 60010
The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. PRIVATE EVENT.

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture
Thurs., Nov. 12, 2020, 7pm-8pm CST
Palatine 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 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 History of the Hollywood Musical
Tues., Dec. 7, 2020, 1-2:30pm
North Shore Senior Center
161 Northfield Rd, Northfield, IL 60093
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 center charges $12 for members and $17 for non-members. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

An Afternoon at the Oscars
Weds., Feb. 3, 2021, Time TBD
Northbrook Woman’s Club
Location TBD
It’s time to get red carpet-ready! Join Film Historian Dr. 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.

*With the Oscars being postponed, the final nominee list may not be available in time. Should the final nominees not be noted, Annette will research the likely contenders and include them in the presentation.

A Night at the Oscars
Thurs., Feb. 25, 2021, 7pm-8pm
Indian Trails Public Library District
355 Schoenbeck Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090
It’s time to get red carpet-ready! Join Film Historian Dr. 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.

*With the Oscars being postponed, the final nominee list may not be available in time. Should the final nominees not be noted, Annette will research the likely contenders and include them in the presentation.

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