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:

Hollywood Goes to the Library
Thurs., July 7, 2022, 1:30pm-2:30pm ET
Bronxville Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Librarians and libraries have been portrayed throughout classic films, spanning many genres. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents depictions of librarians and libraries in classic films as well as the influence of special real-life librarians upon the film industry. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

That’s All, Folks!
Thurs., July 7, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Mid-Continent Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
While moviegoers had many favorite actors and actresses, they also enjoyed a wide variety of hand-drawn, animated stars! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she explores the history of animation, including the work of top animation studios, and beloved animated characters. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture Pt II
Weds., July 13, 2022, 7pm-8pm ET
Somerset County Library System of New Jersey
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 Dr. Annette Bochenek for a continued discussion of additional classic films based on 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.

Hollywood Goes to the Beach
Thurs., July 14, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Fountaindale Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Taking full advantage of sunny California’s climate, classic Hollywood films frequently featured beach sequences and sun-drenched stars. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she explores classic Hollywood stars and their ties to beach films, the beach movies’ influence on fashion, and memorable beach movie moments. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Movie Melodies: The Music of the Gershwins
Mon., July 18, 2022, 1pm-2pm CT
Helen Plum Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Many beloved classic Hollywood films were made all the more memorable by the musical talents of brothers George and Ira Gershwin. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents the influence of the Gershwins in classic film, some of their most popular songs represented in film, and their legacies today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Sibling Stars of Classic Hollywood
Mon., July 18, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Eventbrite
Online Program via Zoom
In classic Hollywood, show business often ran in the family. Whether working together or apart, many talented siblings entertained movie-going audiences during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about a variety of talented classic Hollywood siblings, their careers, and their legacies today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. Tickets cost $10. BUY TICKETS HERE.

That’s All, Folks!
Tues., July 19, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Chestnut Square at the Glen (IN-PERSON)
2601 Chestnut Ave, Glenview, IL 60026
While moviegoers had many favorite actors and actresses, they also enjoyed a wide variety of hand-drawn, animated stars! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she explores the history of animation, including the work of top animation studios, and beloved animated characters. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. PRIVATE EVENT.

Hollywood Goes to the Beach
Weds., July 20, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Oak Brook Public Library (IN-PERSON)
600 Oak Brook Rd., Oak Brook, IL 60523
*Copies of Hometowns to Hollywood: Volume I will be sold at this presentation.
Taking full advantage of sunny California’s climate, classic Hollywood films frequently featured beach sequences and sun-drenched stars. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she explores classic Hollywood stars and their ties to beach films, the beach movies’ influence on fashion, and memorable beach movie moments. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Mermaids in the Movies
Thurs., July 21, 2022, 6:30pm-7:30pm ET
Sandusky Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Mermaids have made a splash in many different art forms, including films. They also inspired film pioneers of early Hollywood, challenging them with creative ways to depict these fabled creatures. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she explores various depictions of mermaids in classic cinema, their influence on the portrayal of aquatic creatures in films, and connections to more contemporary films. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

That’s All, Folks!
Tues., July 26, 2022, 2pm-3pm CT
Mid-Continent Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
While moviegoers had many favorite actors and actresses, they also enjoyed a wide variety of hand-drawn, animated stars! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she explores the history of animation, including the work of top animation studios, and beloved animated characters. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Betty White: A Lifetime of Laughter
Weds., July 27, 7pm-8pm CT
Geneva Public Library (IN-PERSON)
227 S 7th St, Geneva, IL 60134
An actress and activist, comedian Betty White was a woman of many achievements both on and off the screen. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about the early years, career highlights, and legacy of Betty White. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Silent Film Night: Battling Butler (1926)
Tues., Aug. 9, 2022, 7:30pm CT
Arcada Theatre (IN-PERSON)
105 E Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
A love-struck weakling must pretend to be a boxer in order to gain respect from the family of the girl he loves. What happens next? Join Chicago’s Premiere Organist Jay Warren and Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a special presentation about the film and its stars along with live musical accompaniment. Tickets are $9 per person. BUY TICKETS HERE.

Bad Boys & Girls: The Characters We Love to Hate
Thurs., Aug. 11, 2022, 2pm-3pm CT
Dickinson Hall (IN-PERSON)
100 E Old Mill Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045
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. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Hollywood Goes to the Beach
Thurs., Aug. 11, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Mid-Continent Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Taking full advantage of sunny California’s climate, classic Hollywood films frequently featured beach sequences and sun-drenched stars. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she explores classic Hollywood stars and their ties to beach films, the beach movies’ influence on fashion, and memorable beach movie moments. 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.

Everybody Dance!: Classic Cinema’s Top Dancers
Fri., Aug. 19, 2022, 3pm-4pm ET

Bronxville Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Classic Hollywood musicals were made all the more special by triple-threat talents and showstopping song-and-dance numbers. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents some of classic cinema’s most influential dancers, including Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller, Eleanor Powell, 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.

History of the Hollywood Musical
Weds., Aug. 24, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Prospect Heights 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 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.

TBD
Thurs., Aug. 25, 2022, 1pm-2pm CT
CJE SeniorLife (IN-PERSON)
Niles Township Office, 5255 Lincoln Ave. Skokie, IL 60077
TBD

Dressing the Stars
Thurs., Sept. 8, 2022, 1:30pm-2:30pm ET
Bronxville Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Film stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age channeled glamour and influenced fashion, thanks to the talented costume designers working in the studio system. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents classic Hollywood’s top costume designers, iconic costumes, and the legacy of these designs 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.

Hollywood Goes to the Library
Fri., Sept. 9, 2022, 2pm-3pm ET

Syosset Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Librarians and libraries have been portrayed throughout classic films, spanning many genres. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents depictions of librarians and libraries in classic films as well as the influence of special real-life librarians upon the film industry. 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.

Ladies of Laughter: Great Comediennes
Fri., Sept. 9, 2022, 7:30pm ET
Metropolitan Washington Old-Time Radio Club
Online Program via Zoom
In the early days of comedy and beyond, many top-notch classic 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. PRIVATE EVENT.

Ladies of Laughter: Great Comediennes
Sat., Sept. 24, 10am-11:30am CT
Newberry Library
Online Program via Zoom
In the early days of comedy and beyond, many top-notch classic 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. Tickets are $45 for Newberry members and $50 for nonmembers. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

How’d They Do That?!
Mon., Sept. 26, 2022, 6:30pm-7:30pm CT
Crete Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Classic Hollywood has achieved a wide variety of iconic scenes that simply take one’s breath away. Movie characters have parted the Red Sea, dodged crop dusters, scaled skyscrapers, and more, leaving audiences wondering, “How’d they do that?!” Join Film Historian Annette Bochenek for a presentation about how some of classic Hollywood’s most memorable movie scenes were developed, approached, and accomplished. 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. 29, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Eventbrite
Online Program via Zoom
Before the film industry moved West, it was firmly rooted in Chicago. 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. This event is scheduled to celebrate Silent Movie Day. Tickets are $10. BUY TICKETS HERE.

A Hollywood Halloween
Thurs., Oct. 13, 2022, 6:30pm-7:30pm CT
White Oak Library District: Lockport Branch (IN-PERSON)
121 E. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441
Creep into the spooky side of classic Hollywood! From beloved classic horror films to lesser-known gems, explore the variety of classic horror films and characters as well as how the genre was developed to entertain audiences of all ages. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents the production of impactful classic horror films, notable stars of the genre, as well as the legacy of these films 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.

On-Screen Spectres: Ghosts in Film
Thurs., Oct. 20, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Fountaindale Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Classic Hollywood has incorporated depictions of ghosts across a wide array of film genres, including horror, romance, and comedy–just to name a few. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she explores various depictions of ghosts in classic cinema, the technologies used to create these illusions, and their connections to more contemporary films. 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 Polish in Hollywood
Mon., Oct. 24, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Carol Stream Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
The films of Hollywood’s Golden Age offered many depictions and talents from Poland. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she explores a selection of the studio system’s on- and off-screen talents of Polish descent as well as classic films that portray Polish characters. 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 Hollywood Halloween
Weds., Oct. 26, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Mid-Continent Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Creep into the spooky side of classic Hollywood! From beloved classic horror films to lesser-known gems, explore the variety of classic horror films and characters as well as how the genre was developed to entertain audiences of all ages. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents the production of impactful classic horror films, notable stars of the genre, as well as the legacy of these films 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 Hollywood Halloween
Thurs., Oct. 27, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Clarendon Hills Public Library (IN-PERSON)
7 N Prospect Ave, Clarendon Hills, IL 6051
*Copies of Hometowns to Hollywood: Volume I will be sold at this presentation.

Creep into the spooky side of classic Hollywood! From beloved classic horror films to lesser-known gems, explore the variety of classic horror films and characters as well as how the genre was developed to entertain audiences of all ages. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents the production of impactful classic horror films, notable stars of the genre, as well as the legacy of these films 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 Hollywood Halloween
Sat., Oct. 29, 2022, 2pm-3pm CT
Poplar Creek Public Library (IN-PERSON)
1405 S Park Ave, Streamwood, IL 60107
*Copies of Hometowns to Hollywood: Volume I will be sold at this presentation.
Creep into the spooky side of classic Hollywood! From beloved classic horror films to lesser-known gems, explore the variety of classic horror films and characters as well as how the genre was developed to entertain audiences of all ages. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents the production of impactful classic horror films, notable stars of the genre, as well as the legacy of these films 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.

On-Screen Spectres: Ghosts in Film
Sun., Oct. 30, 2022, 2pm-3pm CT
Palos Heights Public Library (IN-PERSON)
12501 S 71st Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463
*Copies of Hometowns to Hollywood: Volume I will be sold at this presentation.
Classic Hollywood has incorporated depictions of ghosts across a wide array of film genres, including horror, romance, and comedy–just to name a few. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she explores various depictions of ghosts in classic cinema, the technologies used to create these illusions, and their connections to more contemporary films. 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.

History of the Hollywood Musical
Thurs., Nov. 10, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Elmhurst Public Library
125 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126
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 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.

Behind the Movie Magic: Iconic Moments in Classic Film
Weds., Nov. 16, 6pm-7:30pm CT
Newberry Library
Online Program via Zoom
Classic Hollywood has achieved a wide variety of iconic scenes that simply take one’s breath away. Movie characters have parted the Red Sea, dodged crop dusters, scaled skyscrapers, and more, leaving audiences wondering, “How’d they do that?!” Join Film Historian Annette Bochenek for a presentation about how some of classic Hollywood’s most memorable movie scenes were developed, approached, and accomplished. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. Tickets are $45 for Newberry members and $50 for nonmembers. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Hollywood Style: Icons of Fashion
Mon., Nov. 28, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT 
Winnetka-Northfield Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Classic Hollywood stars and the fashions they wore both on-screen and off were influential style choices for moviegoers around the world. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents the daring wardrobe choices and revolutionary makeup innovations of the stars as well as 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.

Betty White: A Lifetime of Laughter
Tues., Nov. 29, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Deerfield Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
An actress and activist, comedian Betty White was a woman of many achievements both on and off the screen. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about the early years, career highlights, and legacy of Betty White. 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 Classic Hollywood Christmas: Part I
Tues., Dec. 13, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Chestnut Square at The Glen 
Online Program via Zoom 
Ring in the holidays with some classic movie magic! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents the history of several beloved holiday classics from the Golden Age of Hollywood, memorable performances, and the legacies of these films today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. PRIVATE EVENT.

A Classic Hollywood Christmas: Part II
Thurs., Dec. 15, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Chestnut Square at The Glen 
Online Program via Zoom 
Keep spreading Christmas cheer with some classic movie magic! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a continued discussion of the history of several beloved holiday classics from the Golden Age of Hollywood, memorable performances, and the legacies of these films today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. PRIVATE EVENT.

Hollywood Valentine: Married in the Movies
Mon., Feb. 13, 2023, 1pm-2pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Vernon Area Public Library
300 Olde Half Day Rd, Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Love is in the air in classic Hollywood! Many beloved Hollywood classics featured wedding scenes across a broad range of film genres. In real life, many film stars also happened to have high-profile and eagerly anticipated weddings. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents memorable classic film wedding moments, both on the screen and off. 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
Tues., May 9, 2023, 1pm-2pm CT (Noon Lunch)
Lake Bluff Women’s Club–Grace United Methodist Church (IN-PERSON)
244 E. Center Ave., Lake Bluff, IL 60044
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. PRIVATE EVENT.

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