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:

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. REGISTER HERE.

Bombshells: Hollywood’s Leading Ladies
Tues., Jan. 7, 2020, 9am
Patty Turner Center
375 Elm St, Deerfield, IL 60015
Hollywood has had its fair share of leading ladies, with many of them remaining iconic to this day as studio bombshells. Join Film Historian Dr. 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.

Arcada Theatre Silent Film Festival: The Navigator (1924)
Tues., Jan. 7, 2020, 7:30pm
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
Two spoiled rich people find themselves trapped on an empty passenger ship. 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.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Fri., Jan. 10, 2020, 10am-11:30am
Roosevelt University
1400 N Roosevelt Blvd, Schaumburg, IL 60173
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. PRIVATE EVENT.

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, 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 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.

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

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. The link to purchase tickets will be available on the Arcada website closer to the date of the show.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

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, 2:00pm-3:00pm
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.

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