There's about one week left to purchase discount tickets to the fifth annual open house at the Big Sky Movie Ranch in Simi Valley April 13 and 14. All proceeds will benefit the Simi Valley Family YMCA.
If you're not familiar with it, the movie ranch has been used as a set for many television and film productions during the past 30 years. Movies filmed there include the Tarzanesque "The Beastmaster" (1982), Eddie Murphy's "Coming to America" (1988) and the 1988 horror flick "Pumpkinhead."
Aside from general tours of the 9,000-acre site, planned activities include re-enactments by The California Gunfighters and the 1st U.S. Cavalry K Troop Memorial Co. And let's not forget the Western stunt show that will take place on the set of the long-running television series "Gunsmoke."
The open house will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Discount tickets at the movie ranch house cost $4 for adults, $2 for children. For information, call 583-5338.
By the way, you can check out "The Beastmaster," starring Tanya Roberts and Marc Singer, tomorrow evening on cable station TBS. Then you can go to the movie ranch and see if you recognize the scenery.
A video titled "20 Years Y Que" ("20 Years and What") will be shown by the National Chicano Moratorium Committee on Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m.
The documentary looks back at the Chicano-led anti-Vietnam War rally of 1970 in which a journalist and two protesters were killed. It also discusses issues affecting the Latino community today in areas of housing, health care, life in the barrio and the law.
A "Chicano Jam Session" will follow the showing at Cafe Inlakech, 530 South A St., Oxnard. For information, call 648-4560.
Ventura College's intermittent travel film series will return next Thursday with two showings of "Russia: Murmansk to Mt. Ararat." Filmmaker Raphael Green traveled to Yalta, Odessa, Kiev, Moscow, Armenia, Azerbaijan and other locales to observe the people of the region.
The film will be shown at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For information, call 654-6459.