In January, I had a conversation in Los Angeles with Brian Henson, son of the legendary Muppet creator Jim Henson and co-creator of “Puppet Up!” at Sands Showroom at the Venetian. I told Henson back then, “When you get to Las Vegas, you’ll run into me somewhere. It’s inevitable, because I am everywhere.”
Wednesday night, as I was heading toward Palazzo Theater for Clint Holmes’ “Between the Lines” premiere, I ran into …. Brian Henson.
“Told you!” I said. And we had a nice chat, which makes this a good opportunity to mention that the show is opening for previews tonight at 9. Show times for the Puppet Posse are 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays and Mondays. Tickets are $69 (fees not included) and available at Venetian or Palazzo box offices, online at www.venetian.com or by calling (702) 414-9000 or (866) 641-7469.
• Deepak Chopra is playing the big room at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 28. Tickets for Chopra’s “The Future of Wellbeing” at Reynolds Hall are on sale July 29; prices are set from $35-$85; a $175 VIP package with a meet-and-greet, signed copy of Chopra’s book “Radical Beauty,” and refreshments is also being offered.
The famed author and alternative-medicine proponent plans to address such questions as, “Are we in the midst of a major paradigm shift in science?” “Is the universe becoming self-aware in the human nervous system?” and, “Do we have the ability to influence the future evolution of the cosmos?”
Chopra is doubtless an ethereal, New Age thinker and orator. He should draw a healthy crowd, too, as show producer Adam Steck of SPI Entertainment is partnering with Las Vegas yoga studios on a citywide ticket-selling campaign, which is rare and maybe unprecedented in Las Vegas.
• On the topic of, um … yoga? No! Rather, the Smith Center.
Cabaret Jazz is abuzz Friday night with Tyriq Johnson’s tribute to Earth Wind & Fire, Serpentine Fire, at 8 p.m. Friday. Saturday PBS is recording two shows by “The Good Wife” and “Spy Kids” star Alan Cumming at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., titled “Singing Sappy Songs,” for broadcasts to be announced. Ronnie Foster Trio is performing two shows for a live DVD recording at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday.
Further out, Frankie Moreno is returning to the stage Aug. 2 for another run at Cabaret Jazz. He’s also playing Aug. 16, Aug. 23, Aug. 30, Sept. 6 and Sept. 20. This won’t be the “Under the Influence” run, but more a catch-all show drawing from many of the themed shows Moreno headlined before he bolted for Planet Hollywood.
More dates to note: Chadwick Johnson on Aug. 20 (6 p.m. and 8:30), Lon Bronson’s All-Star Band on Sept. 2 (8 p.m.), Susan Anton on Sept. 9-10 (7 p.m.), Elisa Fiorillo with the Bruce Harper Big Band on Sept. 13 (8 p.m.), and George Bugatti on Sept. 17 (7 p.m.).