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:

A Classic Hollywood Christmas
Tues., Dec. 1, 2020, 7-8pm CST
St. Charles Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Ring in the holidays with some classic movie magic! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about 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. REGISTER HERE.

The History of the Hollywood Musical
Tues., Dec. 7, 2020, 1-2:30pm CST
North Shore Senior Center
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 center charges $12 for members and $17 for non-members. REGISTER HERE.

A Classic Hollywood Christmas
Thurs., Dec. 10, 2020, 7-8pm CST
Windy City Film Fanatics
Free Online Program via Zoom
Ring in the holidays with some classic movie magic! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about 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
Tues., Dec. 15, 2020, 7-8pm CST
Winnetka-Northfield Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Ring in the holidays with some classic movie magic! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about 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. REGISTER HERE.

A Classic Hollywood Christmas
Weds., Dec. 16, 2020, 1-2pm CST
Patty Turner Center
Free Online Program via Zoom
Ring in the holidays with some classic movie magic! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about 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. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

A Classic Hollywood Christmas
Weds., Dec. 16, 2020, 7-8pm CST
Lemont Public Library District
Free Online Program via Zoom
Ring in the holidays with some classic movie magic! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about 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. REGISTER HERE.

Dressing the Stars
Thurs., Jan. 7, 2021, 1-2pm CST
Cook Memorial 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 about the 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. REGISTER HERE.

Jimmy Stewart: Hollywood’s Everyman
Tues., Jan. 12, 2021, 7-8pm CST
Eisenhower Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
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.

Sitcom Deep-Dive: The Honeymooners
Wed., Jan. 13, 2021, 1-2pm CST
Patty Turner Center
Online Program via Zoom
The 1950s gave way to many notable television sitcoms, including The Honeymooners. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the core cast members of The Honeymooners (Ralph, Alice, Norton, and Trixie), the “classic 39” episodes, and the legacy of these performances and episodes 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.

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture
Tues., Jan. 19, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Naperville 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 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.

Dynamic Duos: Comedic Partnerships
Weds., Jan. 20, 2021, 2pm-3pm CST
Niles Senior Center
999 Civic Center Dr, Niles, IL 60714
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 center charges $5 admission. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Dressing the Stars
Mon., Feb. 1, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Winnetka-Northfield 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 about the 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.

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. PRIVATE EVENT.

*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.

Sibling Stars of Hollywood
Mon., Feb. 15, 2021, 1-2:30pm CST
North Shore Senior Center
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. 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.

The Irish in Hollywood
Mon., March 1, 2021, 2pm-3pm CST
Niles Senior Center
999 Civic Center Dr, Niles, IL 60714
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 center charges $5 admission. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Fri., Mar. 5, 2021, 1pm-2pm CST
Glenview Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
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 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. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Mon., Mar. 8, 2021, 1pm-2pm CST
Palatine Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Women have been highly influential in the film industry ever since the Silent Era, both on-screen and off. Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about the lives and legacies of some of classic Hollywood’s incredible female directors and stars, who possessed a keen sense of business acumen and innovation during the early days of 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
Weds., Mar. 24, 7pm-8pm EST
Baltimore County Public Library
Free 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. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture
Tues., April 6, 2021, 7pm-8pm EST
New Buffalo 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 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.

Fins, Furs, and Feathers: A-List Animals
Weds., April 7, 2021, 1-2:30pm CST
North Shore Senior Center
Online Program via Zoom
While classic Hollywood had its fair share of human actors, many memorable animal stars also enjoyed success and the appreciation of audiences all over the world. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about a variety of animal performers, their careers, and their legacies 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. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Sibling Stars of Hollywood
Mon., April 12, 2021, 1pm-2pm CST
Palatine Public Library
Free 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. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

A Night at the Oscars
Mon., April 19, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
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
Weds., April 21, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Cary Area Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
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., April 22, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Indian Trails Public Library District
Free Online Program via Zoom
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.

Fins, Furs, and Feathers: A-List Animals
Mon., May 10, 2021, 1pm-2pm CST
Palatine Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom

While classic Hollywood had its fair share of human actors, many memorable animal stars also enjoyed success and the appreciation of audiences all over the world. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about a variety of animal performers, their careers, 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.

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