Fermilab Arts, Lecture and Gallery Series

The Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series serves as an open door between Fermilab and our neighboring communities by offering a diverse array of performing arts performances and lectures that celebrate the artistic and intellectual vision of the lab.

2017-2018 Arts & Lecture Series Tickets Available
Save 15% on ARTS (Saturday evening) tickets by order adult priced seats for five or more performances!  Use the promo code BISON when ordering on-line. Our brochure will be arriving shortly, but here is an electronic version of our Fermilab Brochure 2017-18.

FRIDAY – July 14 – Neutrinos are Everywhere – Lecture by Dr. Joseph Lykken, Chief Research Officer, Fermilab

August 11 – From King Kong to Crouching Tiger: A Physicist Goes to the Movies – Lecture by Dr. Andrew Cohen, Boston University.

Upcoming events

Aug. 11, 2017, 8:00 pm
Dr. Andrew Cohen, Boston University, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Tickets: $7
Hollywood is well known for exercising poetic license in its depiction of many aspects of the natural world. Surprisingly such films provide a remarkably fertile environment for the exploration of many aspects of science and scientific reasoning. By examining selected scenes from a few such films we can experience the kind of quantitative analysis employed by scientists in their approach to understanding the world around us.
Sept. 15, 2017, 8:00 pm
Gino Segre, University of Pennsylvania; Bettina Hoerlin, Author
Tickets: $7
Enrico Fermi is unquestionably the most famous scientist to come from Italy since Galileo, so revered by his peers that he was known as “the Pope,” because his scientific instincts and skills were said to be “infallible.” A physics Nobel Prize winner in 1938, he was one of the most productive and creative scientists of the twentieth century. His work changed our world with the advent of nuclear reactors, weapons of mass destruction and life-saving medical interventions. Fermilab, the largest particle accelerator in the United States, bears his name as does the nation’s most significant presidential award in science and technology.
Sept. 30, 2017, 8:00 pm
Derek Gripper; Debashish Bhattachrya
Tickets: $24 for adults $12 for students Eligible for Early Bird, Bison, Senior/Military and Group Discounts
Two world music phenoms bring a fresh look at the guitar. Derek Gripper plays kora guitar from South Africa, and Debashish Bhattachrya is a master of the Indian slide guitar.
Oct. 14, 2017, 7:00 pm
Michel Lauziere, Master of the Unusual
Tickets: $25 for adults $13 for youth ages 18 and under Eligible for Early Bird, Bison, Senior/Military and Group Discounts
Humorist, musician, and Master of the Unusual returns to Fermilab's Ramsey Auditorium for a great family fun.
Oct. 27, 2017, 8:00 pm
Dr. Moogega Cooper, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Tickets: $7
NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission is designed to investigate key question related to the habitability of Mars and will conduct experiments that set the stage for future human exploration of Mars. The rover will acquire and cache samples of rock, regolith, and drill “blank” samples for possible return to Earth by future missions. Mars 2020 has... More »
Nov. 4, 2017, 8:00 pm
Aquila Theatre Company
Tickets: $38/$19 for youth ages 18 and under Eligible for Early Bird, Bison, Senior/Military and Group Discounts
Aquila Theatre has been bringing the classics to more than 50 communities in the United States each year. Join us for their production of Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility.
Nov. 10, 2017, 8:00 pm
Various Speakers
Tickets: $7
One Fermilab's most highly anticipated events, the Physics Slam returns to Fermilab's Ramsey Auditorium, but this time with a new twist. Our contenders are paired in teams, with some of the best and brightest students in the area from Illinois Math & Science Academy!
Dec. 16, 2017, 8:00 pm
WVL Radio Theatre
Tickets: $25/Adults $13/Youth 18 and under Eligible for Early Bird, Bison, Senior/Military and Group Discounts
This 1940s radio style adaptation of Frank Capra’s film classic is a guaranteed holiday winner. The four-member company masterfully conquers multiple characters & sound effects while saving their radio station from a winter blizzard’s doom. A heartwarming, uplifting gift for audiences – with a custom localized radio commercial included per venue. “As engaging, if not more so, than multimillion dollar Hollywood extravaganzas.” Mountain Xpress
Jan. 21, 2018, 2:30 pm
Elizandro Garcia-Montoya (Clarinet) , Rick Ferguson (Piano)Jim Jenkins; Wendy Evans (Violin), Larry Glazier (Cello);
Tickets: $45 for series of 3; $18 for single concert
Jim Jenkins, the Fermilab Artist-in-Residence and the Gallery Chamber Series to kick off the 2018 season as a Musical Celebration of Science. Jim Jenkins was inspired by Fermilab’s E760 detector, and will create a multi-media installation set to the music of Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” performed by Wendy Evans, violin; Rick Ferguson, piano; Elizando Garcia-Montoya, clarinet; and cello.
Jan. 26, 2018, 8:00 pm
Dr. David Awschalom, University of Chicago
Tickets: $7
This lecture will focus on the remarkable development of a new generation of quantum technologies -- an area of research at the border between science and engineering that could change the way we think about information itself.
Feb. 24, 2018, 7:00 pm
Tickets: $38/Adults $19/Youth 18 and under Eligible for Early Bird, Bison, Senior/Military and Group Discounts
The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. World renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill.
Feb. 25, 2018, 2:30 pm
Tickets: $45 for series of all three Gallery Chamber Concerts; $18 for individual concerts
The Metropolis Oboe Quartet invites you to join them on an exciting journey through the greatest chamber music of all eras. Aficionados and newcomers alike will experience music as never before in this memorable display of high-caliber music complemented by the ensemble’s energy and love for what they do. For nearly a decade, this talented... More »
March 11, 2018, 2:30 pm
Tickets: $45 for series of all three Gallery Chamber Series concerts; $18 for individual concert
Praised for their “high level of musicality and technical ability” and for their “clean, clear and precise sound,” the award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet has quickly established itself as “one of the major art music groups in brass chamber music.”
March 16, 2018, 8:00 pm
Dr. Manu Prakash, Stanford University
Tickets: $7
Dr. Manu Prakash of Stanford University leads the way in devising low-cost solutions to scientific dilemnas. With our planet literally teeming with problems, it’s time to take cost constraints into serious consideration. As physicists and engineers, we know how to make stuff. We use these skills (and field work) to design solutions for extremely resource constrained settings, especially in the field of global health. Our work in this area extends from field diagnostics to hand on science education.
March 24, 2018, 8:00 pm
Tickets: $38/Adult $19/Youth ages 18 and under Eligible for Early Bird, Bison, Senior/Military and Group Discounts
This time, the foursome have moved well beyond their paternal influences and forged their own trademark. These incredible songs evince the cultural benefits of the constant interchange across the Atlantic: the High Kings pay equal tribute to the Irish and American songs that have made them who they are. “Grace and Glory” sounds truly original, fresh, modern, and, most importantly, absolutely Kingly. You can’t go into the new year not having listened to this one. - Irish Echo, Record of the Year
April 13, 2018, 8:00 pm
Dr. Nina Kraus, Northwestern University
Tickets: $7
Although it is all around us all of the time, we rarely give much thought to our invisible yet powerful companion, sound. It shapes our brains for better and worse. Learning a second language or playing a musical instrument sharpens our brains. Lack of exposure to meaningful sound and overexposure to meaningless sound blunts our brains and stunts our development. There are ways to capture the imprint that sounds leave on our nervous systems, empowering us to learn more and more about this invisible ally and enemy of brain health.
April 28, 2018, 8:00 pm
Tickets: $32/Adults $16/Youth Ages 18 and under Eligible for Early Bird, Bison, Senior/Military and Group Discounts
The Villalobos Brothers (Ernesto, Alberto and Luis) use their violines and voices to redefine contemporary Mexican music. Their original compositions masterfully blend elements of jazz, rock, classical and Mexican folk to deliver a powerful message of love, brotherhood and social justice. Artistic Director and guitarist Humberto Flores, drummer Rosa Ávila and bassist Leo Sherman complete the line-up. The group’s... More »
May 4, 2018, 8:00 pm
Danielle Feinberg, PIXAR
Tickets: $7
REVISED DATE – Now on May 4, 2018 Danielle Feinberg began her career at Pixar Animation Studios in 1997 on the feature film A Bug’s Life. She quickly discovered her love for lighting and went on to light on many of Pixar’s feature films including Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., the Academy Award®-winning Finding Nemo,... More »
May 12, 2018, 8:00 pm
Tickets: $15 - No discounts available for this event, but tickets do contribute to your Bison or Early Bird Discount tally.
The Story Collider was founded in 2010 by Ben Lillie and Brian Wecht, two physicists who met at a storytelling show in Queens and quickly realized that they could do that too. Since then, The Story Collider has been bringing true, personal stories about science to life both through our many live shows as well... More »