Events

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, click here.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Arcada Theatre Silent Comedy Film Festival
Silent All-Stars Night: Charlie Chaplin in A Day’s Pleasure (1919); Buster Keaton & Fatty Arbuckle in The Bell Boy (1918); and Harold Lloyd in High and Dizzy (1921). 
Weds., Nov. 14, 2018, 7:30pm
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
In A Day’s Pleasure, a father takes his family for an outing, which turns out to be a ridiculous trial. In The Bell Boy, bellhops torment the lobby, each other and guests, while a sham robbery turns into a real one. In High and Dizzy, a tipsy doctor encounters his patient sleepwalking on a building ledge, high above the street. Films are accompanied by Organist Jay Warren on the Arcada’s original 1926 pipe organ. Special guests include Film Historian Annette Bochenek and Sound Effects Specialist Nick White. BUY TICKETS HERE.

Hugh Martin & Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Weds., Dec. 5, 2018, 2pm-4:30pm
Barrington Area Library
505 N. Northwest Hwy, Barrington, IL 60010
The Smith family is faced with lessons on life and love as they eagerly await the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. However, their time in St. Louis may come to an abrupt end with a possible move to New York. Join Film Historian Annette Bochenek in this installment of the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series for a tribute to composer Hugh Martin, and a discussion of his early years in Birmingham, Alabama. The discussion will be followed by a screening of the 1944 musical, Meet Me in St. Louis, starring Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, and Tom Drake. REGISTER HERE.

Hometowns to Hollywood: The Marx Brothers
Tues., Dec. 11, 2018, 1pm-2pm
Prospect Heights Public Library
12 N. Elm Street, Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Go behind the scenes of classic Hollywood history with Film Historian 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. REGISTER HERE.

Arcada Theatre Silent Comedy Film Festival
Buster Keaton in The General (1926)
Tues., Dec. 18, 2018, 7:30pm
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
When Union spies steal an engineer’s beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines. Films are accompanied by Organist Jay Warren on the Arcada’s original 1926 pipe organ. Special guests include Film Historian Annette Bochenek and Sound Effects Specialist Nick White. BUY TICKETS HERE.

Arcada Theatre Silent Comedy Film Festival
Harold Lloyd in Safety Last! (1923)
Tues., Jan. 8, 2019, 7:30pm
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
In Safety Last!, a store clerk organizes a publicity stunt in which a friend climbs the outside of a tall buildingFilms are accompanied by Organist Jay Warren on the Arcada’s original 1926 pipe organ. Special guests include Film Historian Annette Bochenek and Sound Effects Specialist Nick White. BUY TICKETS HERE. 

A Night at the Oscars
Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Niles-Maine District Library
6960 W Oakton St, Niles, IL 60714
It’s time to get red carpet-ready! Join Film Historian 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.

A Night at the Oscars
Tues., Feb. 5, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District
768 Oak St, Winnetka, IL 60093
It’s time to get red carpet-ready! Join Film Historian 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.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Weds., Feb. 6, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Fremont Public Library
1170 N Midlothian Rd, Mundelein, IL 60060
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 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.

An Afternoon at the Oscars
Sun., Feb. 10, 2019, 1pm-2pm
Park Ridge Public Library 
20 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068
It’s time to get red carpet-ready! Join Film Historian 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 per person for non-residents.

A Night at the Oscars
Tues., Feb. 12, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Prospect Heights Public Library
12 N. Elm Street, Prospect Heights, IL 60070
It’s time to get red carpet-ready! Join Film Historian 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., Feb. 13, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Algonquin Area Public Library
2600 Harnish Drive, Algonquin, IL 60102
It’s time to get red carpet-ready! Join Film Historian 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
Tues., Feb. 19, 2019, 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 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., Feb. 20, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Cary Area Public Library
1606 Three Oaks Rd, Cary, IL 60013
It’s time to get red carpet-ready! Join Film Historian 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., Feb. 28, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Lake Bluff Public Library
123 E Scranton Ave, Lake Bluff, IL 60044
It’s time to get red carpet-ready! Join Film Historian 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.

Hometowns to Hollywood: Laurel & Hardy
Mon., Mar. 11, 2019, 1pm-2pm
Palatine Public Library District
700 N. North Ct, Palatine, IL 60067
Go behind the scenes of classic Hollywood history with Film Historian Annette Bochenek as you learn about the lives and legacies of comedic duo, Laurel and Hardy. 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., Apr. 8, 2019, 1pm-2pm
Palatine Public Library District
700 N. North Ct, Palatine, IL 60067
Go behind the scenes of classic Hollywood history with Film Historian 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 registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Arcada Theatre Silent Comedy Film Festival
Buster Keaton in Our Hospitality! (1923); Laurel & Hardy in Liberty (1929)
Tues., Apr. 9, 2019, 7:30pm
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
In Our Hospitality, a man returns to his Appalachian homestead. On the trip, he falls for a young woman. The only problem is her family has vowed to kill every member of his family. In Liberty, two escaped convicts change clothes in the getaway car, but wind up wearing each other’s pants. The rest of the film involves their trying to exchange pants, in alleys, in cabs and finally high above the street on the girders of a construction site. Films are accompanied by Organist Jay Warren on the Arcada’s original 1926 pipe organ. Special guests include Film Historian Annette Bochenek and Sound Effects Specialist Nick White. BUY TICKETS HERE. 

Silent Clowns: Chaplin, Keaton, & Lloyd
Mon., May. 13, 2019, 1pm-2pm
Palatine Public Library District
700 N. North Ct, Palatine, IL 60067
Go behind the scenes of classic Hollywood history with Film Historian Annette Bochenek. Discover the stories and careers of three comedians crucial to the slapstick genre: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. 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
Thurs., Sept. 12, 2019, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Des Plaines History Center
781 Pearson St, Des Plaines, IL 60016
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 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.

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