Steve Blank is recognized for developing the Customer Development methodology, which launched the Lean Startup movement.
Blank has spent over thirty years within the high technology industry. He has founded or worked within eight startup companies, four of which have gone public.
Blank’s Google Tech talk, The Secret History of Silicon Valley, offers a widely regarded insider’s perspective on the emerging Silicon Valley’s start-up innovation. Blank has published three books: The Four Steps to the Epiphany, Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost and The Startup Owner’s Manual.
Blank teaches and writes about Customer Development and is a consulting associate professor of entrepreneurship at Stanford. He currently lectures at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley, Columbia University and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). T
Comedian Will Durst returns to Santa Cruz with
ELECT TO LAUGH: 2016
On Saturday, June 4 at the Vets Hall
Elect To Laugh: 2016 with Will Durst is a brand- new, hysterical, one- man show stalking the presidential election cycle like white on rice. Ably assisted by his trusty overhead projector, this hilarious 80 minute production reflects Durst’s outraged and outrageous sensibilities, accessing the topical through the jugular, as current as Bernie Sanders’ lead staffer’s latest tweet.
Marga Gomez returns to Santa Cruz with “POUND.”
Her hilarious and bawdy Off-Off Broadway solo comedy is here in time for Pride Month!
SANTA CRUZ- Santa Cruz Fringe Productions is pleased to present GLAAD award winner Marga Gomez’s POUND, a sex-fueled solo comedy, at Broadway Playhouse for two shows on Friday and Saturday, June 10th and June 11th at 8pm. In POUND, Gomez plays a desperate version of herself as well as her gay nephew Mikey, and a delicious assortment of cinema’s most obscure and toxic lesbian characters. A critically acclaimed audience favorite at New York’s 2015 Hot Festival, and a sold out and extended winter hit at San Francisco’s BRAVA Theater, POUND satirizes the gloomy portrayal of lesbian lust in film history and its consequences on Marga Gomez. When a mysterious gynecologist diagnoses her with “unwanted celibacy” Gomez fights to get her groove back, fumbling a ladies’ room tryst and teleporting to a steamy lesbian data cloud where extortionists, showgirls, murderers and school teachers hook up in spectacularly meta ways. POUND is directed by Gomez’s frequent collaborator David Schweizer, and is her eleventh solo play.
SCHEDULE: Friday & Saturday June 10th and June 11th, 2016 8pm
PRICE: $20 ($25 day of show)
Marga Gomez is the writer/ performer of eleven solo plays that have been performed nationally and internationally. She is excited to work for a third time with Santa Cruz Fringe Productions which has previously presented her in”Lovebirds” and “Straight Up Comedy.” Gomez’s stage work earned her a GLAAD Media Award, Theater LA’s Ovation Award and a nomination for New York’s Drama Desk Award. Gomez is also one of the nation’s first openly gay stand-up comedians with television appearances on HBO, Showtime and LOGO. Her film credits include roles in Warner Bros. films “Sphere” and “Batman Forever.” Selections from Gomez’s work have been published in several anthologies including Extreme Exposure (TCG Books), HOWL (Crown Press), Out Loud & Laughing (Anchor Books), Contemporary Plays by American Women of Color (Routledge) When I Knew (Harper-Collins) and Out of Character(Bantam Books.) Her website is www.margagomez.com
Ralph Abraham is coming on Artists on Art, July 27, 2016 to talk about his latest book, ‘Hip Santa Cruz: First-person Accounts of the Culture of Santa Cruz, California in the 1960s’ (Epigraph Books). Ralph wrote and edited this book. He is both a retired professor of mathematics and still teaches one quarter per year at UC Santa Cruz since 1968. He’s known for his course ‘Chaos, Fractals and the Arts,’ which combines art history, computer graphics and mathematics.