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:

An Afternoon at the Oscars
Sun., Jan 26, 2020, 3pm-4pm
Women’s Exchange
630 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL 60093
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. REGISTER HERE.

Ladies of Laughter: Great Comediennes
Mon., Jan. 27, 2020, 1:00pm-2:30pm
North Shore Senior Center
161 Northfield Rd, Northfield, IL 60093
In the early days of comedy and beyond, many top-notch comediennes have made audiences laugh. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the funny women of film, television, and radio, including Gracie Allen, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden 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.

A Night at the Oscars
Tues., Jan. 28, 2020, 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 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.

A Night at the Oscars
Thurs., Jan. 30, 2020, 7pm-8pm
Park Ridge Public Library
20 S Prospect Ave, Park Ridge, IL 60068
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 library charges $5 admission for non-cardholders. REGISTER HERE.

A Night at the Oscars
Sat., Feb 1, 2020, 7pm-8pm
Chestnut Square at The Glen
2601 Chestnut Ave, Glenview, IL 60026
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. PRIVATE EVENT.

An Afternoon at the Oscars
Tues., Feb. 4, 2020, 2pm-3pm
Naperville Public Library: 95th Street Library
3015 Cedar Glade Rd, Naperville, IL 60564
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. REGISTER HERE.

Arcada Theatre Silent Film Festival: Girl Shy (1924)
Tues., Feb. 4, 2020, 7:30pm
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
A shy, young man, who is completely incapable of talking to women, decides to write a book that details to other bachelors how to find a girlfriend. 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. BUY TICKETS HERE.

A Night at the Oscars
Weds., Feb. 5, 2020, 7pm-8pm
Cary Area Public Library
1606 Three Oaks Rd, Cary, IL 60013
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. REGISTER HERE.

An Afternoon at the Oscars
Thurs., Feb. 6, 2020, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Mary Lubko Center
208 W Union Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187
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. 

A Night at the Oscars
Thurs., Feb. 6, 2020, 7pm-8pm
Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District

768 Oak Street, Winnetka, IL 60093
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. REGISTER HERE. 

The Irish in Hollywood
Mon., Mar. 2, 2020, 1pm-2pm
Palatine Public Library
700 N North Ct, Palatine, IL 60067
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.

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.

Arcada Theatre Silent Film Festival: Sherlock Jr. (1924) & The Goat (1921)
Tues., Mar. 10, 2020, 7:30pm
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
In Sherlock Jr., a film projectionist longs to be a detective and puts his meager skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend’s father’s pocket watch. The Goat (bonus short film preceding the main feature) offers a series of adventures that begin when an accident during photographing causes Buster to be mistaken for a villain named Dead Shot Dan. 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 link to purchase tickets will be available on the Arcada website closer to the date of the show.

Ladies of Laughter: Great Comediennes
Weds., Mar. 11, 2020, 7pm-8pm
Westmont Public Library
428 N Cass Ave, Westmont, IL 60559
In the early days of comedy and beyond, many top-notch comediennes have made audiences laugh. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the funny women of film, television, and radio, including Gracie Allen, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden 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., Mar. 16, 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 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 center charges $12 for members and $17 for non-members.

The Irish in Hollywood
Tues., Mar. 17, 2020, 9am-10am
Patty Turner Center
375 Elm St, Deerfield, IL 60015
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.

The Irish in Hollywood
Thurs., Mar. 26, 2020, 1pm-2pm
Marian Village
15624 Marian Dr, Homer Glen, IL 60491
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. PRIVATE EVENT.

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture
Mon., Apr. 6, 2020, 1pm-2pm
Palatine Public Library
700 N North Ct, Palatine, IL 60067
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. 

Arcada Theatre Silent Film Festival: Hot Water (1924) & Never Weaken (1921)
Tues., Apr. 14, 2020, 7:30pm
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
Hot Water offers a hilarious episodic look at married life and in-law problems. In Never Weaken (bonus short film preceding the main feature), Lloyd hears that his girl is marrying another and decides to commit suicide–spending the bulk of the film in thrilling, failed attempts. 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 link to purchase tickets will be available on the Arcada website closer to the date of the show.

The History of the Hollywood Musical
Mon., May 4, 2020, 1pm-2pm
Palatine Public Library
700 N North Ct, Palatine, IL 60067
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. 

Arcada Theatre Silent Film Festival: The Marriage Circle (1924) 
Tues., May 12, 2020, 7:30pm
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
Viennese doctor Monte Blue is madly in love with his wife Florence Vidor–so much so that many suspect that they aren’t married at all. The film is one of Lubitsch’s most sophisticated farces. 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 link to purchase tickets will be available on the Arcada website closer to the date of the show.

Ladies of Laughter: Great Comediennes
Sat., May 30, 2020, 2pm-3pm
Oak Brook Public Library
600 Oak Brook Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523
In the early days of comedy and beyond, many top-notch comediennes have made audiences laugh. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the funny women of film, television, and radio, including Gracie Allen, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden 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.

Bad Boys & Girls: The Characters We Love to Hate
Mon., June 16, 2020, 1:00pm-2:30pm
North Shore Senior Center
161 Northfield Rd, Northfield, IL 60093
While many classic film characters are honorable or heroic, others were certainly the opposite. Learn 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.

Supper Clubs of Chicago
Weds., July 22, 2020, 1:00pm-2:30pm
North Shore Senior Center
161 Northfield Rd, Northfield, IL 60093
Decades ago, the Chicago area was home to a variety of historic supper clubs, often housed in historic hotels. Audiences were treated to a glamorous evening out and were entertained by some of the top stars of the day. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek and learn about some of the historic supper club venues from the Chicago area’s storied past, in addition to a discussion of some of the beloved talents who performed there. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories.

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture
Thurs., Aug. 6, 2020, 7pm-8pm
Rolling Meadows Library
3110 Martin Ln., Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Decades ago, the Chicago area was home to a variety of historic supper clubs, often housed in historic hotels. Audiences were treated to a glamorous evening out and were entertained by some of the top stars of the day. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek and learn about some of the historic supper club venues from the Chicago area’s storied past, in addition to a discussion of some of the beloved talents who performed there. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories.

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