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:

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. BUY TICKETS HERE.

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. REGISTER HERE.

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. BUY TICKETS HERE.

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. REGISTER HERE.

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 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.

1939: Cinema’s Greatest Year
Fri., Jan. 10, 2019, 10am-11:30am
Roosevelt University
1400 N Roosevelt Blvd, Schaumburg, IL 60173
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. This program is NOT open to the public.

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.

Ladies of Laughter: Great Comediennes
Mon., Jan. 27, 2019, 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 registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation. 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 registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation. The library charges $5 admission for non-cardholders.

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. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

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. 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.

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, 2019, 1:00pm-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.

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