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:

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. REGISTER HERE.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Mon., Mar. 15, 2021, 1pm-2pm CST
Helen Plum 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. REGISTER HERE.

Ladies of Laughter: Great Comediennes
Tues., Mar. 16, 12pm-1pm CST
CJE SeniorLife
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. ENJOY THE PRESENTATION HERE.

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. REGISTER HERE.

Movie Melodies: The Music of the Gershwins
Tues., Mar. 30, 2021, 9-10am CST
Patty Turner Center Men’s Club
Online Program via Zoom
Many beloved classic Hollywood films made all the more memorable by the musical talents of brothers George and Ira Gershwin. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the influence of the Gershwins in classic film, some of their most popular songs represented in film, and their legacies 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
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. REGISTER HERE.

Based on the Book: From Page to Picture
Thurs., April 8, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Prairie Trails 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.

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
Tues., April 20, 2021, 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. 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.

Dynamic Duos: Classic Comedy Partnerships
Mon., May 3, 2021, 3pm-4pm 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.

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.

Fins, Furs, and Feathers: A-List Animals
Sat., June 5, 2021, 2pm-3pm EST
Hamilton East 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.

Bombshells: Hollywood’s Leading Ladies
Mon., June 14, 2021, 1-2:30pm CST
North Shore Senior Center
Online Program via Zoom
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. 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.

Bombshells: Hollywood’s Leading Ladies
Tues., June 15, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Eisenhower Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
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. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Matinee Idols: Hollywood’s Leading Men
Tues., June 22, 2021, 7pm-8pm CST
Eisenhower Public Library
Free Online Program via Zoom
From charismatic leads to memorable crooners, Hollywood’s studio bombshells often worked alongside top matinee idols of the day. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the histories of various matinee idols, some of Hollywood’s top leading men, 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.

Hollywood Style: Icons of Fashion
Tues., July 20, 2021, 3:30pm-4:30pm CST
North Shore Senior Center
Online Program via Zoom
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. 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.

Swooners & Crooners: Hollywood’s Leading Men
Mon., Aug. 9, 2021, 1-2:30pm CST
North Shore Senior Center
Online Program via Zoom
From charismatic leads to memorable crooners, Hollywood’s studio bombshells often worked alongside top matinee idols of the day. Join Film Historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents about the histories of various matinee idols, some of Hollywood’s top leading men, 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.

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