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 Television Christmas
Tues., Dec. 6, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Mid-Continent Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
As television grew in popularity, so did the seasonal Christmas special. Many classic television shows would portray their beloved characters celebrating the holidays and entertaining special guests–including Santa! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about classic television Christmas shows and what made them special. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

A Classic Hollywood Christmas: Part I
Thurs., Dec. 8, 2022, 6pm-7pm ET (IN-PERSON)
Hancock County Public Library 
900 W McKenzie Rd, Greenfield, IN 46140
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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

Scrooge Through the Years
Tues., Dec. 13, 1pm-2:30pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Oakton Community College
7701 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 60077
Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol inspired many film adaptations and notable portrayals of his novella’s protagonist, Scrooge. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents various classic iterations of A Christmas Carol, memorable moments and portrayals, as well as the legacy of Scrooge and Dickens today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. PRIVATE EVENT.

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 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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. PRIVATE EVENT.

A Classic Television Christmas
Fri., Dec. 16, 2022, 7pm-8pm CT
Lisle Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
As television grew in popularity, so did the seasonal Christmas special. Many classic television shows would portray their beloved characters celebrating the holidays and entertaining special guests–including Santa! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about classic television Christmas shows and what made them special. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. REGISTER HERE.

A Classic Television Christmas
Weds., Dec. 21, 2022, 2pm-3pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Dickinson Hall 
100 E Old Mill Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045
As television grew in popularity, so did the seasonal Christmas special. Many classic television shows would portray their beloved characters celebrating the holidays and entertaining special guests–including Santa! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about classic television Christmas shows and what made them special. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. PRIVATE EVENT.

Dynamic Duos: Classic Comedy Partnerships
Tues., Dec. 27, 2023, 9am-10am CT (IN-PERSON)
Patty Turner Center
375 Elm St, Deerfield, IL 60015
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 early comedy’s top partnerships, including Abbott & Costello, Burns & Allen, Laurel & Hardy, Martin & Lewis, and more. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date. PRIVATE EVENT.

Betty White: A Lifetime of Laughter
Mon., Jan. 16, 2023, 2pm-3pm CT
Town & Country 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 this special birthday presentation about the early years, career highlights, and legacy of Betty White. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

Betty White: A Lifetime of Laughter
Tues., Jan. 17, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT
Mid-Continent 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 this special birthday presentation about the early years, career highlights, and legacy of Betty White. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

How’d They Do That?!
Thurs., Jan. 19, 2023, 5pm-6pm ET (IN-PERSON)
33rd Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival
Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches
5221 Hood Rd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories.

Hobbywood: Pastimes of the Stars
Mon., Jan. 23, 2023, 3pm-4pm ET
Bronxville Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Behind the scenes, the stars of classic Hollywood loved to indulge in numerous pastimes for relaxation and escape from their long workdays on set. Whether sailing, inventing, painting, or skateboarding, the stars of the screen kept just as busy by pursuing their favorite hobbies. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation on classic Hollywood stars and their hobbies, as well as their achievements and legacies today. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Thurs., Jan. 26, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT 
Bartlett Public Library
Free 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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

Bad Boys & Girls: The Characters We Love to Hate
Weds., Feb. 1, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Fremont Public Library
1170 N Midlothian Rd, Mundelein, IL 60060
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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

Hollywood Valentine: Married in the Movies
Mon., Feb. 6, 2023, 7pm-8pm ET
Baltimore County Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

Sitcom Spotlight: I Love Lucy
Tues., Feb. 7, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT
Mid-Continent Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
I Love Lucy was an iconic and groundbreaking sitcom that is well worth celebrating. Developed and brought to the screen by television pioneers. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about the history and development of I Love Lucy, the show’s on- and off-screen achievements, and the legacy of the show today. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

Ladies of Laughter: Great Comediennes
Mon., Feb. 13, 2023, 1pm-2pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Vernon Area Public Library
300 Olde Half Day Rd, Lincolnshire, IL 60069
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 presentation date.

Hollywood Valentine: Married in the Movies
Tues., Feb. 14, 2023, 1:30-2:30pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Luther Village
1250 Village Dr, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. PRIVATE EVENT.

A Night at the Oscars: Best Picture Spotlight
Thurs., Feb. 23, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT 
Lake Bluff Public Libary
Free Online Program via Zoom
It’s time to get red carpet ready and delve into the history of the Best Picture category! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents the evolution of the Best Picture category, memorable Best Picture contenders, and this year’s nominees. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Weds,. Mar. 1, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Cary Area Library 
1606 Three Oaks Rd, Cary, IL 60013
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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

Dynamic Duos: Classic Comedy Partnerships
Thurs., Mar. 2, 2023, 2pm-3pm CT
Mid-Continent Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
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 early comedy’s top partnerships, including Abbott & Costello, Burns & Allen, Laurel & Hardy, Martin & Lewis, and more. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

A Night at the Oscars: Best Actress Spotlight
Thurs., Mar. 2, 2023, 7pm-8pm ET
Baltimore County Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Oscar night is Hollywood’s biggest night, with nominees hoping to bring home the most coveted award in the industry. Among them is the Best Actress award, celebrating noteworthy performances by actresses during the award year. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about memorable Best Actress moments during Oscar ceremonies of years past, as well as exciting victories and shocking upsets. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

A Night at the Oscars: Best Picture Spotlight
Mon., Mar. 6, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Indian Trails Public Libary
355 Schoenbeck Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090
It’s time to get red carpet ready and delve into the history of the Best Picture category! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents the evolution of the Best Picture category, memorable Best Picture contenders, and this year’s nominees. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

A Night at the Oscars: Best Picture Spotlight
Tues., Mar. 7, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT 
Elk Grove Village Public Libary
Free Online Program via Zoom
It’s time to get red carpet ready and delve into the history of the Best Picture category! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents the evolution of the Best Picture category, memorable Best Picture contenders, and this year’s nominees. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

A Night at the Oscars: Academy Awards History
Weds., Mar. 8, 2023, 6:30pm-7:30pm ET
Poughkeepsie Public Library 
Free Online Program via Zoom
It’s time to get red carpet-ready! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents 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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

How’d They Do That?!
Weds., Mar. 8, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT
Winnetka-Northfield Public Libary
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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Thurs., Mar. 9, 2023, 6:30pm-7:30pm ET 
Sandusky 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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

A Night at the Oscars: Academy Awards History
Thurs., Mar. 9, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT
Mid-Continent Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
It’s time to get red carpet-ready! Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents 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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

A Night at the Oscars: Academy Awards History
Fri., Mar. 10, 2023, 6pm-7pm CT 
Mahomet 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 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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

TBD
Sat., Mar. 11, 2023, 1pm-2pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Montgomery Library
1111 Reading Dr, Montgomery, IL 60538
TBD

Ladies of Laughter: Great Comediennes
Mon., Mar. 13, 2023, 1pm-2pm CT 
Oregon 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 presentation date.

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Weds., Mar. 15, 2023, 6pm-7pm ET 
Hamilton East 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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

The Irish in Hollywood
Thurs., Mar. 16, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Warrenville Public Library
28W751 Stafford Pl, Warrenville, IL 60555
Ring in St. Patrick’s Day with “The Irish in Hollywood!” 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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

The Irish in Hollywood
Sat., Mar. 18, 2023, 10am-11:30am- CT 
Newberry Library
Online Program via Zoom
Ring in St. Patrick’s Day with “The Irish in Hollywood!” 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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date. Tickets are $45 for Newberry members and $50 for nonmembers.

Betty White: A Lifetime of Laughter
Mon., Mar. 20, 2023, 7pm-8pm ET
Somerset County Library System of New Jersey
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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

Hedy Lamarr: A Brilliant Beauty
Tues., Mar. 21, 2023, 10am-11am CT (IN-PERSON)
Clarinda Cady Questers
TBD

Known as “The Most Beautiful Woman in Films,” Hedy Lamarr was not only a box office bombshell but also an inventor. In fact, the principles of her work are incorporated into some of the technologies we use today. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a special “Hometowns to Hollywood” tribute to Hedy Lamarr, as she discusses her career, legacy, and early years in Austria and the United States, in a multimedia presentation. PRIVATE EVENT.

Hollywood Goes to the Library
Tues., Mar. 21, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Mount Prospect Public Library
10 S Emerson St, Mt Prospect, IL 60056
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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Weds., Mar. 22, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT 
Glenview 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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

The Irish in Hollywood
Thurs., Mar. 23, 2023, 12pm-1pm CT
Fountaindale Public Library
Online Program via Zoom
Ring in St. Patrick’s Day with “The Irish in Hollywood!” 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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Thurs., Mar. 23, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Elmhurst Public Library 
125 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126
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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Mon., Mar. 27, 2023, 1pm-2:30pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Oakton Community College
7701 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 60077
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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

How’d They Do That?!
Tues. Mar. 28, 2023, 1pm-2:30pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Oakton Community College
7701 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 60077
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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Bombshells: Hollywood’s Leading Ladies
Thurs., Mar. 30, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Wheaton Public Library
225 N Cross St, Wheaton, IL 60187
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 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. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Ladies of Laughter: Great Comediennes
Thurs., Apr. 6, 2023, 2pm-3pm CT
Northbrook 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 presentation date.

Hollywood Goes to the Library
Weds., Apr. 26, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT 
Fountaindale 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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

Hollywood Goes to the Library
Thurs., Apr. 27, 2023, 7pm-8pm CT (IN-PERSON)
Tinley Park Public Library
7851 Timber Dr, Tinley Park, IL 60477
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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

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 of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. PRIVATE EVENT.

Historic Change: Anna May Wong
Thurs., May 11, 2023, 7pm-8pm ET
Somerset County Library System of New Jersey
Free Online Program via Zoom

Anna May Wong was a woman of many firsts; from being the first Asian American actress of international fame to becoming the first Asian American to be depicted on U.S. currency, Wong continues to be a trailblazer. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation on the life, career, and legacy of Anna May Wong. The program will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. The registration link will be made available closer to the presentation date.

Ladies of Laughter: Great Comediennes
Tues., June 20, 2023, 6:30pm-7:30pm ET (IN-PERSON)
New Buffalo Public Library
33 N Thompson St, New Buffalo, MI 49117

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 presentation date.

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