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Weekend's Here: Rich Coffee, Great Sax And Pink Floyd!

From coffee to saxophone duets, to Pink Floyd Laser shows, it's all happening this weekend. Saturday morning it's the San Antonio Coffee Festival at La Villita. What can you expect? Here's Linda Brewster, courtesy TPR's The Source.

"We can expect a dozen local coffee companies there serving up about 40 different coffees. So come thirsty.

It centers around coffee, but Brewster says there's actually much more.

"We have free music all day. Free admission. We have coffee workshops. Come and learn about coffees. Just immerse yourself in local coffee culture. Come and meet the people who are doing interesting things with coffee. We'll be out there drinking coffee all day."

That's 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Then Saturday night check out Sonic Provocations at Urban 15. Here's George Cisneros to explain what it's about.

"Sonic Provocations is basically a laboratory for sound artists to present their work to the public."

Sonic Provocations is a series that will happen once a month at Urban 15, and Cisneros says Saturday night features two outstanding saxophonists.

"It's Richard Openheim and Rene Saenz. They'll be doing some Eric Dolphy, some Coltrane, and Charles Mingus," said Cisneros. "This is an opportunity for you to hear them do what they've wanted to do, but haven't always been allowed to do with a large ensemble or a stage band."

It all goes down at nine at Urban 15 at 2500 South Presa. But he does have a caution for those coming. 

"We are only going to be allowing 85 people into the space."

So get there early. And if you have the time on Saturday night, there's the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at the Tobin Center.

"The first half of the show is the complete Dark Side of the Moon album," says show creator Steve Ministere. "And then the second half of the show is the best of Pink Floyd. The second half is more of a rock show feel."

Pink Floyd music + laser lights. He says people leaving usually use two words to describe it.

"Oh, wow! Everybody starts their sentence with, 'Oh wow! Awesome!'  There are a lot of 55-year-old men with their 15-year-old sons."

He says lots of parents score "cool parent points" by taking their kids to the Laser Spectacular.

For more on the San Antonio Coffee Festival go here

For more on the Urban 15 event go here

For more on the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular go here