The bloom isn't entirely off the (Pete) Rose. All the attention surrounding his suspension from baseball for gambling, his conviction and five-month jail sentence for tax evasion hasn't hurt the popularity of his video, dubiously titled "Baseball the Pete Rose Way."
In fact, the week after Rose's sentencing, the video was checked out from the Thousand Oaks Library. And librarian Mike Gilman said it has been rented consistently over the last couple of years.
"Basically, it's an instructional tape and has nothing to do with his personal activities," he said.
Jeepers Creepers . . . Here's one for all the science-fiction fans out there . . . way out there. Tickets have gone on sale for the Ojai Film Society's Aug. 26 showing of the 1957 movie "The Incredible Shrinking Man." Following the film will be a discussion on science-fiction movies past and present.
A panel of science-fiction experts will analyze the film and compare it to last year's Disney film "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids." Among the speakers will be Richard Matheson, who wrote the original "Shrinking Man" story and screenplay.
Film Society founders Sally and Mike Janover have arranged for special effects expert Tom Smith to discuss his craft. He has worked on "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," as well as on two films in each of the "Star Wars," "Star Trek" and "Indiana Jones" series.
Ventura's Tony and Nancy Lawrence, writers and producers of some "Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits" episodes, will also attend. This science-fiction fest will be held at Ojai's Thacher School beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call 646-8946.
You may have noticed that unlike last summer the Ojai Film Society hasn't been showing any movies the last couple of months. Why not?
"No one comes," said Mike Janover. "We found that there was too much competition with the summer blockbusters. We tend to lose money anyway, but we really lose money when no one comes."
A big problem, Janover said, is that he can only show his films at the Ojai Playhouse on Sunday afternoons. "In summer the days are longer. The idea of going to a movie at 4:30 in the afternoon when they could be playing golf . . . they don't do it."
But beginning Sept. 16, with "Cinema Paradiso," the films will be playing once again. On the schedule are "Time of the Gypsies," "Sweetie," "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," "Drugstore Cowboy," "The Man With Two Brains," "Raging Bull," "Longtime Companion," "Aguirre, Wrath of God," "Tom Jones" and "The Adventures of Milo and Otis."