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:

Ladies of Laughter: Great Comediennes
Tues., Jan. 25, 2022, 8-9pm EST
Hometowns to Hollywood Eventbrite
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. Tickets are $20 per person. Use promo code HALFOFF for a 50% discount. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.

How’d They Do That?!
Thurs., Jan. 27, 2022, 6:30-7:30pm CST
Palos Park 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. REGISTER HERE.

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Thurs., Feb. 3, 2022, 12pm-1pm CST
Northbrook Woman’s Club 
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. PRIVATE EVENT.

Hollywood Valentine: Married in the Movies
Mon., Feb. 7, 2022, 6:30-7:30pm CST
Crete Public Library District
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 about 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.

Silent Film Night: Harrison Ford & The Nervous Wreck (1926)
Tues., Feb. 8, 2022, 7:30pm CST
Arcada Theatre (IN-PERSON)
105 E Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
Henry Williams, out in Arizona looking for a cure for his imaginary ills, stops at the ranch of Jud Morgan, and decides to stay. Jud’s daughter, Sally, attracts his attention, although she is engaged to be married to Sheriff Bob Wells. 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 $10 per person. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.

Hollywood Valentine: Married in the Movies
Thurs., Feb. 10, 2022, 7-8pm CST
Rolling Meadows 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 about 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.

Hollywood Valentine: Married in the Movies
Mon., Feb. 14, 2022, 3-4pm EST
Bronxville 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 about 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.

Hollywood Valentine: Married in the Movies
Tues., Feb. 15, 2022, 6:30-7:30pm CST
Joliet 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 about 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.

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture Pt II
Thurs., Feb. 17, 2022, 7pm-8pm CST
Flossmoor 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 for a continued discussion of additional 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.

Hometowns to Hollywood: The Marx Brothers
Mon., Feb. 21, 2022, 10am-11am CST
North Shore Senior Center 
Online Program via Zoom
Go behind the scenes of classic Hollywood history with Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek, as you learn about the lives and legacies of the legendary Marx Brothers comedy team. 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. BUY TICKETS HERE.

Geek Talks: Hollywood Style Icons
Tues., Feb. 22, 2022, 6pm-7pm EST
Escape Velocity Brewing (IN-PERSON)
405 Sagamore Pkwy S Suite A2, Lafayette, IN 47905
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 about the daring wardrobe choices and revolutionary makeup innovations of the stars as well as their legacies today. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Jack Benny: An Illinois Original
Weds., Feb. 23, 2022, 8pm-9pm EST
Hometowns to Hollywood Eventbrite
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. Tickets are $20 per person. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Tues., Mar. 1, 2022, 7pm-8pm CST
Lisle Library District
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. This presentation is part of the Lisle Library District’s Women’s History Month series of programs. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

A Night at the Oscars: Best Actress Spotlight
Weds., Mar. 2, 2022, 7-8pm EST
Hamilton East 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 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: Academy Awards History
Mon., Mar. 7, 2022, 1-2pm CST
Vernon Area Public Library (IN-PERSON/HYBRID)
300 Olde Half Day Rd, Lincolnshire, IL 60069
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.

Ladies of Laughter: Great Comediennes
Tues., Mar. 8, 2022, 7pm-8pm CST
Mid-Continent 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.

A Night at the Oscars: Academy Awards History
Weds., Mar. 9, 2022, 7-8pm CST
Bartlett 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.

Lucille Ball: Queen of Comedy
Thurs., Mar. 10, 2022, 7-8pm CST
Lincolnwood Public Library 
Free Online Program via Zoom
Lucille Ball is celebrated as one of classic television’s top comediennes. In addition to a career spanning from radio, television, and film, Ball also possessed a strong business acumen that impacted classic television. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a special “Hometowns to Hollywood” tribute to Lucille Ball, as she discusses her career, legacy, and early years in a multimedia presentation. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Mon., Mar. 21, 2022, 3pm-4pm EST
Bronxville 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.

A Night at the Oscars: Academy Awards History
Mon., Mar. 21, 2022, 7pm-8pm CST
Lake Villa 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.

Ladies of Laughter: Great Comediennes
Tues., Mar. 22, 2022, 2pm-3pm CST
Mid-Continent 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.

A Night at the Oscars: Best Picture Spotlight
Tues., Mar. 22, 2022, 7-8pm CST
Winnetka-Northfield Public Library
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 about the evolution of the Best Picture category, memorable Best Picture contenders, and this year’s nominees. 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: Best Picture Spotlight
Weds., Mar. 23, 2022, 7-8pm CST
Niles-Maine District Library
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 about the evolution of the Best Picture category, memorable Best Picture contenders, and this year’s nominees. 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: Academy Awards History
Thurs., Mar. 24, 2022, 6:30pm-7:30pm CST
Cook Memorial 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. REGISTER HERE.

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Mon., Mar. 28, 2022, 7pm-8pm EST
Poughkeepsie 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
Tues., Mar. 29, 2022, 7pm-8pm CST
Elmhurst Public Library (IN-PERSON)
125 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126
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.

A Night at the Oscars: Academy Awards History
Weds., Mar. 30, 2022, 1pm-2pm CST
North Shore Congregation Israel
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. PRIVATE EVENT.

The Women Who Built Hollywood
Thurs., Mar. 31, 2022, 3pm-4pm EST
Tippecanoe County Public Library (IN-PERSON)
627 South St, Lafayette, IN 47901
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.

How’d They Do That?!
Thurs., Mar. 31, 2022, 6:30-7:30pm CST
Deerfield 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
Mon., April 4, 2022, 6pm-7pm CST
Crestwood 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.

Dynamic Duos: Classic Comedy Partnerships
Tues., April 5, 2022, 11am-12pm CST
Dickinson Hall (IN-PERSON)
100 E Old Mill Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045
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. PRIVATE EVENT.

Hollywood Goes to the Library
Weds., April 6, 2022, 7pm-8pm EST

Poughkeepsie Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Librarians and libraries have been portrayed throughout classic films, spanning across many genres. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about 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.

Hollywood Goes to the Library
Weds., May 11, 2022, 6:30pm-7:30pm CST
Westmont Public Library (IN-PERSON)
428 N Cass Ave, Westmont, IL 60559
Librarians and libraries have been portrayed throughout classic films, spanning across many genres. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about 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.

Lucille Ball: Queen of Comedy
Tues., May 17, 2022, 7pm-8pm CST
St. Charles Public Library (IN-PERSON)
1 S 6th Ave, St. Charles, IL 60174
Lucille Ball is celebrated as one of classic television’s top comediennes. In addition to a career spanning from radio, television, and film, Ball also possessed a strong business acumen that impacted classic television. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a special “Hometowns to Hollywood” tribute to Lucille Ball, as she discusses her career, legacy, and early years in a multimedia presentation. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture Part I
Thurs., May 19, 2022, 5pm-6pm MST
Santa Fe 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.

RS Festival-Laughing Stalks; Hollywood Hoosiers
Sat., June 11-Sun., June 12, 2022, TBD
RS Museum (IN-PERSON)
TBD
TBD-More info to come.

Frank Sinatra: The Legacy of Ol’ Blue Eyes
Mon., June 20, 2022, 1pm-2m CST
North Shore Senior Center (IN-PERSON/HYBRID)
161 Northfield Rd, Northfield, IL 60093

Of the many great crooners of the Great American Songbook, the name Frank Sinatra remains legendary. From his humble beginnings to becoming a world-renowned entertainer, there is much to celebrate regarding Sinatra’s legacy. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a tribute to Frank Sinatra, including a discussion about his New Jersey roots, his ties to Chicago, an overview of his 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. The center charges $12 for members and $17 for non-members.

TBD
June 25 or June 26
Sanfilippo Palais de Musique 
TBD
TBD

Hollywood Goes to the Library
Weds., June 29, 2022, 6:30pm-7:30pm PST
Torrance Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
Librarians and libraries have been portrayed throughout classic films, spanning across many genres. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about 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.

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture Pt II
Weds., July 13, 2022, 7pm-8pm EST
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 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.

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