Visits at the House on Fuller Street

By Mike Szymanski He cut through the park to get to Fuller Street, scurrying past the hunched Russian with the captain’s cap selling wilted lettuce and soft apples from the back of his Isuzu pickup. Heinrich smirked at the vendor, who tipped his cap. Although they never ever exchanged more than a few words, they…

The Hammer

By: Mike Szymanski How does it happen that as we get older we seem to catch up to our parents? At some point we seem to pass them up and seem older than them. And, the older we get it’s amazing how many things we ignore, or conveniently forget, about how difficult it was growing…

Oscar ‘Branding Events’ Compete to Offer Bags of Goodies to the Stars

By Mike Szymanski In an effort to set themselves off from similar “gifting suites” during the Academy Awards hype, a few of the companies putting on these giveaways to the stars now call themselves “branding events.” Nevertheless, in this world of celebrity hype and Hollywood, there still remains a hierarchy, even among these give-away events.…

LA Food Ways’ Tells the Story of Spreading Food Around and Ending Waste

By Mike Szymanski Mike Szymanski is part of the California Institute of Contemporary Arts (www.cica.org) that helped fund the LA Food Ways documentary as well as the upcoming Atlanta project, and has funded Raphael’s GreenWish (https://www.greenwish.com) foundation. Actor, activist and filmmaker Raphael Sbarge is obsessed with food lately. In his latest documentary he melds the…