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2017 November/December Explore!

Photography by contributed

State of Nebraska

Nebraska: Thomas Hart Benton—MONA Collection. Through Feb. 25, Museum of Nebraska Art, 2401 Central Ave., Kearney. Celebrate Nebraska’s 150th statehood anniversary with this MONA exhibit, which will show the only 28-piece set of Benton’s gouache paintings, including the pieces featured in the 1945 book The Oregon Trail. 308-865-8559.

Hayrack Rides, Storytelling and S’mores in Nebraska City Nov. 3-4 and 10-11

Hayrack Rides, Storytelling and S’mores. Nov. 3-4 and 10-11, Lied Lodge and Conference Center, 2700 Sylvan Road, Nebraska City. Guests will spend the evening sipping apple cider, listening to stories, making s’mores, and taking hayrack rides at Arbor Day farm. Reservations required. 800-546-5433.

Fort Atkinson Candlelight Tour 2017. Nov. 4, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, 201 S. Seventh St., Fort Calhoun. Take a guided tour of the fort by candlelight. The evening also includes a mystery, based on actual events. Each stop along the way will reveal another part of the plot. Reservations required. 402-445-0706.

27th Annual Frost Frolic Holiday Market. Nov. 4, Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 56885 PWF Road, Fairbury. Kick off the holiday season early at this 27th annual event. Explore a variety of décor from artisan crafts and goods from popular vendors. 402-300-7146.

A Brownville Christmas Concert. Nov. 8-10, Brownville Concert Series and Hall, 126 Atlantic St., Brownville.  Experience a Brownville Christmas at the Home for the Holidays concert. Performances will feature award-winning musicians and vocalists. 402-825-3331.

Veterans Day. Nov. 11, Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Highway, Ashland. Honor military veterans at a special program, including the posting of colors and lunch with keynote speaker Major Cory Kuehn, the assistant director of operations in the 740th Missile Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. Veterans are encouraged to come in uniform. 402-944-3100.

Gateway Farm Expo. Nov. 15-16, Buffalo County Fairgrounds, 3807 Ave. North, Kearney. Guests will see the latest agriculture technology and services at this 49th annual expo, which will feature more than 400 exhibits and free barbecue. 308-234-2717.

North Pole Express in Lincoln Dec. 1-3, 8-10, and 15-17

North Pole Express. Nov. 18 and 25, Stuhr Museum, 3133 W. U.S. Highway 34, Grand Island. Children will enjoy taking a trip to the North Pole through songs, stories, and much more, while on a real train car. Reservations required. 308-385-5316.

Christmas at the Mansion. Nov. 18-Dec. 23, Lied Lodge and Conference Center, 2700 Sylvan Road, Nebraska City. Go back in time and tour the historic 52-room mansion with vintage-inspired decorations and holiday-themed displays. 800-546-5433.

Christmas at Cody Park. Nov. 26-Dec. 30 at Cody Park, 1601 N. Jeffers St., North Platte. Come to Santa’s workshop, drop off a letter for the big guy, and enjoy free carousel and glider rides during this special time at the park. Special events, such as music, movies, or parades, occur throughout the month. 308-535-6700.

Fantasy of Trees. Nov. 24, 2017-Jan. 2, 2018, Stuhr Museum, 3133 W. U.S. Highway 34, Grand Island. View dozens of lavishly decorated trees on display at the various historic buildings at this museum that celebrates Nebraska. 308-385-5316.

Holiday Trolley Tour of Lights. Fridays and Saturdays in December, Lied Lodge and Conference Center, 2700 Sylvan Road, Nebraska City. Guests will ride the Arbor Day Farm trolley to tour Nebraska City’s Christmas lights display and listen to classic Christmas stories. 800-546-5433.

North Pole Express. Dec. 1-3, 8-10, and 15-17, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, 1222 S. 27th St., Lincoln. Climb aboard the North Pole Express to write a letter to Santa, and visit the man himself. The train will also stop at the Claus’ house to see Mrs. Claus and the elves, and taste some cookies. 402-475-6741.

Santa goes to Space. Dec. 2, Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Highway, Ashland. Santa and Star Wars characters are teaming up for Space Day. Take photos with the man in red and Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion, and enjoy planetarium showings and holiday activities. 402-944-3100.

23rd Annual Historical Christmas Dinner and Light Up the Fort. Dec. 2 Fort Robinson State Park, Crawford. Guests can see the historical fort buildings decorated in Christmas lights and enjoy a historical Christmas dinner. 308-665-2592.

Tommy Emmanuel Christmas Classics Tour. Dec. 5, Rococo Theatre, 140 N. 13th St., Lincoln. Tommy Emmanuel will preform Christmas classics with Pat Bergeson, John Knowles, Annie Sellick, and a live orchestra. 402-476-6540.

Jay-Z: 4:44 Tour. Dec. 6, Pinnacle Bank Arena, 400 Pinnacle Arena Drive, Lincoln
Grammy-award winning hip-hop artist Jay-Z performs hits from his 4:44 album in Lincoln. 402-904-4444.


The Color Purple in Des Moines through Nov. 5

The Color Purple. Through Nov. 5, Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. Experience a re-enactment of Tony Award-winning musical The Color Purple, featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues music. This play explores a woman’s journey living in the South. 515-246-2300.

Des Moines Holiday Boutique. Nov 3-5, Iowa Events Center, 730 Third St., Des Moines. Don’t miss the shopping event of the season. The holiday boutique will feature over 200 companies and vendors selling apparel, jewelry, holiday décor, and gourmet food. 515-564-8000.

Sioux City Symphony Orchestra: Disney Fantasia Live in Concert. Nov. 18, Orpheum Theater, 528 Pierce St., Sioux City. This show is a mash-up of the original Disney Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 performed with a live score.  712-244-5000.

Elf the Musical. Nov. 19, Orpheum Theater, 528 Pierce St., Sioux City. This show will feature the 2003 film’s storyline with new and exciting songs. 712-244-5000.

Sioux City Orchestra: Christmas with the Symphony. Dec. 9, Orpheum Theater, 528 Pierce St., Sioux City. Sit back, listen, and sing along to new and classic Christmas songs preformed by the Sioux City Orchestra. 712-244-5000. 


Through the Eyes of Picasso. Through April 8, 2018, Nelson-Aktins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St., Kansas City. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is the only United States arts venue to show this exhibit. Pablo Picasso was an avid collector of non-western art, and the collection was constant source of exploration and inspiration. The exhibition will feature 170 works, including more than 60 paintings, sculptures, and ceramics by Picasso alongside more than 20 works of African and Oceanic art that were part of his personal collection. 816-751-1278.

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri Nov. 24

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Nov. 24, Crown Center, 2405 Grand Blvd., Suite 200, Kansas City. Guests will witness the mayor light his 100-foot tall Christmas tree, and be able purchase hand-crafted ornaments carved out of last year’s tree. All ornament purchases will benefit the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, which helps the city’s less fortunate. 816-274-8444.

Lady Gaga: World Tour. Nov. 15, Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City. Energetic artist Lady Gaga will be performing songs from her new World Tour album. 816-949-7100.

Christmas in the Sky. Nov. 22, 11101 Raytown Road, Kansas City. Jackson County Parks and Recreation is partnering with a radio station to light the sky with fireworks timed by Christmas songs. This 30th annual event will feature a cast of 100 singers and dancers. 816-503-4800.

Christmas Candlelight Tour: A Prairie Christmas. Nov. 24-25, 4000 Baltimore, Kansas City. Visit Kansas City’s oldest residence and enjoy an old-fashioned 1860s Christmas celebration with the Westport Historical Society. Tour the home of Col. John and Henrietta Harris, and watch realistic 1860 scenarios. 816-561-1821.

Holiday Park. Nov. 24-Jan.1 Krug Park to Hyde Park, St. Joseph. One of the largest annual holiday lights displays in northwest Missouri, this event started in 1981, and today more than 100,000 visitors drive through each year to see the lavish display of lighted arches and trees, winter scenes, and the park’s Italianate buildings outlined in lights. At the southern end of the parkway, Hyde Park is dazzlingly lit for the holiday season. 816-271-5500

Candlelight Homes Tour. Dec. 1-3, throughout Weston. Tour historic homes in this antebellum city as the downtown street lamps are aglow with greenery and lights. The streets leading to the tour homes will be lined with luminaries. Father Christmas will be there, of course. 816-640-2909.

Christmas with Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. Dec. 8, Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City. Enjoy classic and new Christmas songs preformed by Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. 816-949-7100.

2017 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship in Kansas City, Missouri Dec. 14-16

2017 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship. Dec. 14-16, Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City. Join the best in collegiate women’s volleyball as they compete for the title of 2017 champion. 816-949-7100.

Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.

Karen Linder

November 27, 2014 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

According to dictionary.com, a Renaissance woman “has acquired profound knowledge or proficiency in more than one field.”  Karen Linder has nailed it as a scientist, business leader, author, and artist.

Linder’s dream to become a music teacher received little encouragement from her teachers at Lincoln Northeast High School. So when she learned that a biology class was being held in the school’s only wing that had air conditioning, she wandered into a “cool” vocation as a scientist.

Her career as a cytotechnologist studying cells at the University of Nebraska Medical Center included founding and directing the UNMC School of Cytotechnology. That experience gave her confidence to start her own company, Heartland Pathology Inc.

She sold Heartland Pathology in 2011 after 10 years to pursue other activities. She later founded Tethon 3D with her husband, Dr. James Linder. The 3D printing company began commercial operations in March 2014.

But Dr. Linder had little time for their new company after he was named interim president of the University of Nebraska system that year. She took the lead as president and CEO of the 3D printing company.

A look at printing that makes three-dimensional objects shows abundant possibilities. 3D is used for fine arts, medicine, in manufacturing prototype parts, and by architects to recreate retro items no longer available.

A prime example of how 3D printing works comes from an island in the Mediterranean Sea. Creighton University archaeologist and professor Erin Averett unearthed rare objects in Cyprus that could not be removed from the country. Her problem was solved when Tethon 3D recreated them in three dimensions from digital photos provided by the innovative archaeologist.

An entrepreneur herself, Linder is an “angel investor” for other entrepreneurs. She and her husband seed startup companies through their investment company, Linseed Capital. The Linders look for innovative ideas with high-growth potential.

“One in 10 startups gets to the level to be successful enough to make up for the other nine, according to national statistics,” she says. “We hope to do better than that for our companies.”

One of the first investments for Linseed Capital when the business started in 2008 was in SkyVu Entertainment, a company that makes video games. Linder serves on SkyVu’s corporate board.

Linder discussed the company with B2B over a latte and a vanilla Diet Coke in Aksarben Village, just a few doors away from where the start-up company is now housed. Ben Vu founded the company with his brother, Hoa, in the basement of their Vietnamese immigrant father’s home. At press time, SkyVu’s Battle Bears game had 36 million downloads.

Linder says Ben Vu is the type of entrepreneur they are looking for, one with a good education, skill sets, and experience in his field—he once worked on Hollywood animation projects.

“We like him,” she says. “Ben Vu is very talented and has the level of common sense that we seek to make an investment.”

Linseed Capital also has persuaded companies to move to Nebraska by offering funding and less expensive startup costs. Bulu Box moved from San Francisco and Travety moved from New York City.

The Linders are members of the Nebraska Angels, a network of investors that meets and evaluates applicants.

She also serves on a committee that reviews grant proposals for Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN), a philanthropic organization initiated by the University of Nebraska. Funded by members, grants of about $80,000 each are earmarked every year for a Nebraska nonprofit and for a University of Nebraska project.

The lack of encouragement and a “cool” biology classroom that drew her away from music in high school hasn’t stopped Linder’s love for the arts. She is a painter, a sculptor, and a writer.

She serves on the board of directors of KANEKO and the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney. Linder also serves on the board of governors for her alma mater, Nebraska Wesleyan University.

What would successful businesswoman Karen Linder tell her 16-year-old self?  “Don’t worry about what others think. Don’t dumb yourself down. If you’re strong in math skills, don’t be afraid people won’t like you.”