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 at your organization, click here.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

A Night at the Oscars
Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Niles-Maine District Library
6960 W Oakton St, Niles, IL 60714
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. REGISTER HERE.

A Night at the Oscars
Tues., Feb. 5, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District
768 Oak St, Winnetka, IL 60093
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. REGISTER HERE.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Weds., Feb. 6, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Fremont Public Library
1170 N Midlothian Rd, Mundelein, IL 60060
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 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 BEGINNING JAN. 15.

An Afternoon at the Oscars
Sun., Feb. 10, 2019, 1pm-2pm
Park Ridge Public Library 
20 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068
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 library charges $5 per person for non-residents. REGISTER HERE.

A Night at the Oscars
Tues., Feb. 12, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Prospect Heights Public Library
12 N. Elm Street, Prospect Heights, IL 60070
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. REGISTER HERE BEGINNING JAN 24.

A Night at the Oscars
Weds., Feb. 13, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Algonquin Area Public Library
2600 Harnish Drive, Algonquin, IL 60102
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. REGISTER HERE BEGINNING JAN 19.

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. REGISTER HERE.

A Night at the Oscars
Weds., Feb. 20, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Cary Area Public Library
1606 Three Oaks Rd, Cary, IL 60013
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. REGISTER HERE.

A Night at the Oscars
Thurs., Feb. 28, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Lake Bluff Public Library
123 E Scranton Ave, Lake Bluff, IL 60044
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. REGISTER HERE.

Hometowns to Hollywood: Laurel & Hardy
Mon., Mar. 11, 2019, 1pm-2pm
Palatine Public Library District
700 N. North Ct, Palatine, IL 60067
Go behind the scenes of classic Hollywood history with Film Historian Annette Bochenek as you learn about the lives and legacies of comedic duo, Laurel and Hardy. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Arcada Theatre Silent Comedy Film Festival
Douglas Fairbanks in The Nut (1921)
Tues., Mar. 12, 2019, 7:30pm
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
In The Nut, eccentric inventor Charlie Jackson tries to interest wealthy investors in his girlfriend’s plan to help children from poor neighborhoods. Films are accompanied by Organist Jay Warren on the Arcada’s original 1926 pipe organ. Special guest and Film Historian Annette Bochenek will be introducing the films. BUY TICKETS HERE.

Hometowns to Hollywood: The Marx Brothers
Mon., Apr. 8, 2019, 1pm-2pm
Palatine Public Library District
700 N. North Ct, Palatine, IL 60067
Go behind the scenes of classic Hollywood history with Film Historian Annette Bochenek as you learn about the lives and legacies of the legendary Marx Brothers comedy team. 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 Comedy Film Festival
Buster Keaton in Our Hospitality! (1923); Laurel & Hardy in Liberty (1929)
Tues., Apr. 9, 2019, 7:30pm
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
In Our Hospitality, a man returns to his Appalachian homestead. On the trip, he falls for a young woman. The only problem is her family has vowed to kill every member of his family. In Liberty, two escaped convicts change clothes in the getaway car, but wind up wearing each other’s pants. The rest of the film involves their trying to exchange pants, in alleys, in cabs and finally high above the street on the girders of a construction site. Films are accompanied by Organist Jay Warren on the Arcada’s original 1926 pipe organ. Special guest and Film Historian Annette Bochenek will be introducing the films. BUY TICKETS HERE.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Weds., Apr. 17, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W Pratt Ave, Lincolnwood, IL 60712
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 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.

Hometowns to Hollywood: Leslie Caron
Mon., Apr. 22, 2019, 2pm-4:30pm
Barrington Area Library
505 N. Northwest Hwy, Barrington, IL 60010
While three friends struggle to find work in Paris, they also happen to fall in love with the same woman. Join Film Historian Annette Bochenek for a presentation on Leslie Caron’s life and early years in France. Discussion followed by a screening of a musical starring Leslie Caron and Gene Kelly. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Hometowns to Hollywood: Eleanor Powell and Born to Dance (1936)
Mon., Apr. 29, 2019, 2pm-4pm
Arlington Heights Memorial Library
500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Three sailors return to New York City after four years at sea, with one sailor falling in love with an aspiring Broadway dancer. Join Film Historian Annette Bochenek for a tribute to Eleanor Powell and her early years in Massachusetts. A screening of the 1936 musical comedy Born to Dance (1936) will follow, starring Eleanor Powell and James Stewart. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Silent Clowns: Chaplin, Keaton, & Lloyd
Mon., May. 13, 2019, 1pm-2pm
Palatine Public Library District
700 N. North Ct, Palatine, IL 60067
Go behind the scenes of classic Hollywood history with Film Historian 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. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Hometowns to Hollywood: Gene Kelly and Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Mon., May 20, 2019, 7pm-9pm
Arlington Heights Memorial Library
500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights, IL 60004
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. Will all the studio stars shine in the sound era? Join Film Historian Annette Bochenek for a tribute to Gene Kelly and his early years in Pennsylvania. A screening of the 1952 musical comedy Singin’ in the Rain (1952) will follow, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

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 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
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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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