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.

Upcoming events

Aug. 10, 2018, 8:00 pm
Dr. Wendy Chung, Simons Foundation
Tickets: $7
Autism is a common condition, affecting 1/68 individuals.  There is significant heterogeneity across the autism spectrum that has made it difficult to understand the causes of autism.  We will explore the current state of knowledge of what we know about the causes of autism and how such understanding can help to better understand the brain and behavior and develop better supports for individuals with autism.
Sept. 21, 2018, 8:00 pm
Dr. Todd Thompson, The Ohio State University
Tickets: $7
Dr. Thompson will review our current understanding of the supernova mechanism and neutron star formation. He will focus on the importance of rotation and magnetic fields in instigating explosion, in determining the nucleosynthetic yield of heavy elements, and in affecting the early spin evolution of highly magnetic neutron stars.
Sept. 29, 2018, 8:00 pm
Tickets: $28 for adults $14 for ages 18 and under - call 630/840.ARTS for Volume or Group Sales
Americana bluegrass, featured on A Prairie Home Companion
Oct. 12, 2018, 8:00 pm
Jill Tarter, SETI
Tickets: $7
Are we alone? Humans have been asking this question throughout history.  We want to know where we came from, how we fit into the cosmos, and where we are going.  We want to know whether there is life beyond the Earth and whether any of it is intelligent.  In 1950, Enrico Fermi famously asked his luncheon companions “Where is everybody?”
Oct. 27, 2018, 8:00 pm
Tickets: $38 for adults; $19 for ages 18 and under; Call 630/840.ARTS for volume and group discounts
Aquila Theatre returns to Ramsey Auditorium with one of the most poignant of all classic horror stories, Frankenstein.
Nov. 3, 2018, 8:00 pm
Tickets: $29 for adults; $15 for ages 18 and under; call for best prices for volume or group sales
Anda Union's thoroughly addictive combination of Mongolian musical styles is a reflection of their roots. Hailing from differing ethnic nomadic cultures, the nine member strong band unites tribal and music traditions from all over Inner Mongolia. A multi-media performance enhances this experience.
Nov. 16, 2018, 8:00 pm
Various Speakers
Tickets: $7 - limit 4
Order early - this is a perennial favorite that has sold out months in advance for the past few years!
Dec. 8, 2018, 7:00 pm
Tickets: $29 for adults; $15 for ages 18 and under; call 630/840.ARTS for the best deal on Volume or Group Sales
Absolutely captivating - Rolling Stone "An eye-popping display of storytelling that's not like anything you've ever seen before." - Broadway World
Jan. 20, 2019, 2:30 pm
Fifth House Ensemble
Tickets: $18/$45 for all three Gallery Chamber Series Concerts
The innovative Fifth House Ensemble presents a concert titled Unchained Melodies, featuring five of their ensemble musicians.
Feb. 17, 2019, 2:30 pm
Ian Clarke, Guildhall School, Flutist & Composer
Tickets: $18/$45 for all three Gallery Chamber Series Concerts
British flutist and composer Ian Clarke has been taking the musical world by storm with his beautiful and accessible compositions. Professor at the Guildhall School in London, his work has been performed across the globe.
Feb. 23, 2019, 8:00 pm
Tickets: $28 for adults; $14 for ages 18 and under; call 630/840.ARTS for the best volume or group rates
Las Cafeteras have taken the music scene by storm with their infectious live performances and have crossed-genre and musical borders, collaborating with folk/indie bands, Mexican and Columbian super groups, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and most recently with Talib Kweli. Born and raised east of the Los Angeles river, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories. Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and positive message. Their Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes deliver inspiring lyrics that document stories of a community seeking love and justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles.
March 1, 2019, 8:00 pm
Dr. Susan Landau, Tufts University
Tickets: $7
What makes us most secure? Is it enabling the police and intelligence agencies to unlock digital devices and listen to communications? Or is it securely protecting devices and communications against intrusions? Two events in 2016 painted this issue in sharp contrast. In February 2016, the FBI tried to compel Apple to open the locked iPhone... More »
March 9, 2019, 8:00 pm
Tickets: $29 for adults; $15 for ages 18 and under; call 630/840.ARTS for the best volume and group rates
The band is internationally acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental outfit of recent times. They are renowned for their stunning shows honed by superb musicianship and a constant touring cycle. They have performed over 1,500 shows across 36 countries since the band formed in 1997. Lunasa sold out their previous Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series appearance - order early!
March 24, 2019, 2:30 pm
Chicago Harp Quartet
Tickets: $18/$45 for all three Gallery Chamber Series concerts
Back by popular demand, the Chicago Harp Quartet is the nation's leading harp ensemble. Hailed as a Chicago treasure, this group sold out the last time they performed as part of the Gallery Series - order early!
April 5, 2019, 8:00 pm
Dr. Stefan Söldner-Rembold, Co-Spokesperson, Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, University of Manchester, UK
Tickets: $7
The international Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility/Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermilab, is an international flagship science project to unlock the mysteries of neutrinos. Neutrinos are the most abundant matter particles in the universe, and they are all around us, but we know very little about them. By studying neutrinos, scientists at LBNF/DUNE will paint a clearer picture of the universe and how it works. (Courtesy of fnal.gov)
April 13, 2019, 7:00 pm
Tomas Kubinek, Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible
Tickets: $27/$14 for ages 18 and under
A collision of theatre and music-hall, Tomas Kubinek's exuberant one-man show is equal parts comic brilliance, virtuosic vaudeville and irresistible charm.  Professor Tomas Kubinek gives audiences an utterly joyous experience they'll remember for a lifetime. With appearances in over 30 countries and a professional career spanning 3 decades, Mr. Kubinek has won the hearts of thousands in theaters, opera houses, television specials, on Broadway and at international festivals of culture.
May 4, 2019, 8:00 pm
Tickets: $27 for adults; $14 for ages 18 and under; call 630/840.ARTS for the best volume and group rates.
Jazz phenom Matthew Whitaker is just 17 years old but was already performed with such jazz superstars as Christian McBride, Jon Batiste, Regina Carter and more. At the age of 10, he was invited to play for Stevie Wonder's induction into the Apollo Theatre's Hall of Fame. He has been featured as one of Today Show's "Boys Changing the World," one of USA Today's Rising Stars, and on Ellen. Don't miss this young superstar!