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 at your organization, click here.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Regina Celebrates Reel Women Film Fest
The Trouble With Angels (1966)
Fri., Apr. 5, 2019, 7:00pm
O’Shaughnessy Theater, Regina Dominican High School
701 Locust Rd., Wilmette, IL 60091
Two high-spirited students at St. Francis Academy for Girls keep things hopping for the Mother Superior. Starring Rosalind Russell and Hayley Mills, Directed by Ida Lupino. Pre-show entertainment provided by Organist Jay Warren. Film Historian Annette Bochenek will be introducing the films and moderating post-screening discussions. BUY TICKETS HERE.

Regina Celebrates Reel Women Film Fest
Wadjda (2012)
Sat., Apr. 6, 2019, 3:00pm
O’Shaughnessy Theater, Regina Dominican High School
701 Locust Rd., Wilmette, IL 60091
A Saudi girl enters her school’s Koran recitation competition to help raise funds to buy a bicycle. Starring Waad Mohammed and Reem Abdullah; directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, the first female Saudi filmmaker. Pre-show entertainment provided by Organist Jay Warren. Film Historian Annette Bochenek will be introducing the films and moderating post-screening discussions. BUY TICKETS HERE.

Regina Celebrates Reel Women Film Fest
After Parkland (2018)
Sat., Apr. 6, 2019, 7:00pm
O’Shaughnessy Theater, Regina Dominican High School
701 Locust Rd., Wilmette, IL 60091
This documentary explores the work of the student activists in the wake of the Parkland school shooting. Directed by Linda Corley ’78 (Regina alumna), a resident of Parkland, Florida. Corley captures a local perspective of how the tragedy galvanized students and the community alike and she shares this film with us prior to its national airing on PBS later this year. Pre-show entertainment provided by Organist Jay Warren. Film Historian Annette Bochenek will be introducing the films and moderating post-screening discussions. BUY TICKETS HERE.

Regina Celebrates Reel Women Film Fest
Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
Sun., Apr. 7, 2019, 2:00pm
O’Shaughnessy Theater, Regina Dominican High School
701 Locust Rd., Wilmette, IL 60091
The author of a controversial best-selling book tries to hide her celebrity status from her small-town neighbors. Pre-show entertainment provided by Organist Jay Warren. Film Historian Annette Bochenek will be introducing the films and moderating post-screening discussions. BUY TICKETS HERE.

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. REGISTER HERE.

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 guest and Film Historian Annette Bochenek will be introducing the films. BUY TICKETS HERE.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Weds., Apr. 17, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W Pratt Ave, Lincolnwood, IL 60712
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. REGISTER HERE.

Hometowns to Hollywood: Leslie Caron
Mon., Apr. 22, 2019, 2pm-4:30pm
Barrington Area Library
505 N. Northwest Hwy, Barrington, IL 60010
While three friends struggle to find work in Paris, they also happen to fall in love with the same woman. Join Film Historian Annette Bochenek for a presentation on Leslie Caron’s life and early years in France. Discussion followed by a screening of a musical starring Leslie Caron and Gene Kelly. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Hometowns to Hollywood: Gene Kelly and Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Mon., Apr. 29, 2019, 2pm-4pm
Arlington Heights Memorial Library
500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights, IL 60004
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. Will all the studio stars shine in the sound era? Join Film Historian Annette Bochenek for a tribute to Gene Kelly and his early years in Pennsylvania. A screening of the 1952 musical comedy Singin’ in the Rain (1952) will follow, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

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.

Hometowns to Hollywood: Elizabeth Taylor
Tues., June 11, 2019, 3pm-4pm
Indian Trails Public Library District
355 Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling, IL, 60090
Elizabeth Taylor is known as one of the most beautiful and talented actresses in Hollywood history. From her early days as a child actress to becoming a confident woman in the industry, Taylor remains an iconic talent to this day. Join film historian Annette Bochenek for a presentation about Taylor’s early days in England, her time in Hollywood, and her legacy today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. This program is part of the library’s “It’s Showtime at the Library!” Summer reading theme. The registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Hometowns to Hollywood: Judy Garland
Tues., June 18, 2019, 2pm-3pm
Wilmette Public Library
1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091
Judy Garland is known as one of the most popular singers of her day. From her early days as a child actress to becoming an iconic star, Garland remains a beloved talent to this day. Join film historian Annette Bochenek for a presentation about Garland’s early years in Minnesota, her time in Hollywood, and her legacy today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories. No registration required.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Thurs., June 27, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Elmwood Park Public Library
1 Conti Pkwy, Elmwood Park, IL 60707
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.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Thurs., July 10, 2019, 1:00pm-2:00pm
North Shore Senior Center
161 Northfield Rd, Northfield, IL 60093
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. The center charges $12 for members and $17 for non-members.

Dynamic Duos: Comedic Partnerships
Mon., July 15, 2019, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Algonquin Area Library–Eastgate Branch
115 Eastgate Dr, Algonquin, IL 60102
Whether over the airwaves or on the silver screen, the classic comedy genre benefited from many beloved comedic partnerships. Join Film Historian 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 registration link will be made available closer to the date of the presentation.

Bombshells: Hollywood’s Leading Ladies
Weds., July 17, 2019, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Mary Lubko Center
208 W Union Ave, 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 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.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Mon., Aug. 5, 2019, 7pm-8pm
Palatine Public Library District
700 N. North Ct, Palatine, IL 60067
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.

Chicago: The First Hollywood
Sat., Aug. 10, 2019, 2pm-3pm
Oak Brook Public Library
600 Oak Brook Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523
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.

Hedy Lamarr: A Brilliant Beauty
Tues., Aug. 13, 2019, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Patty Turner Center
375 Elm St, Deerfield, IL 60015
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 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. The cost of this event is $25 for members of the women’s club and $20 for non-members. 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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