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Veterans Play, Mockingbird Fest, Great Sax On The South Side: Your Weekend Is Here!

From a serious play about veterans, to Mockingbird Fest, to a south side saxophone duet--the weekend is just about here, and it's looking like fun. 

First, let's head out to Boerne where the Veterans Play Project opens tonight at Boerne's Community Theater. Allen Rudolph directs the play, clearly a moving experience for him. 

"It's a powerful piece. It deals with veterans and the problems that they have and things that civilians need to understand," he says.

Rudolph says the Boerne Community Theater's season runs five shows, and then once a year they do their Theater on the Edge production. That's this one.

"Veterans need to be heard. We need to learn to respect them and understand them," he says.

It opens tonight and runs through March 12th.

Then on Saturday at Hemisfair, it's Mockingbird Fest. Here's Drew Hicks.

"It's really a celebration of all things Texas. We divide the day into three categories: Move, Taste and Discover. So Movement is dancing, so there's music all day long.  Discover is the next piece," he says. "So that's the Briscoe Western Art Museum, the Witte, the Institute of Texan Cultures."

Hicks emphasizes that they're not just giving talks.

"It's putting on a costume or watching a cool performance.  And then the last piece is Taste. What are the foods and brews that we really love? So we're going to have four local breweries out there.  Local restaurants doing everything from a pan dulce burger to tamales."

Food costs, but the 10a.m. to 6 p.m event itself is free.

Then George Cisneros says on Saturday night Urban 15 is the place to be.

"We're going to have the third installment on our Sonic Provocation series. And it's going to feature renowned saxophone duet of Richard Oppenheim and Rene Saenz."

He says the duo is exceptionally talented, and an interesting musical match.

"They do an extremely experimental, stretched, open free jazz concert. It's going to be an amazing event. It's beyond imagination what two people can do, playing all the parts and providing rhythm sections, baseline, percussion, all on saxophone."

The venue at Urban 15 is an intimate setting--it has only 85 seats.

"It's just south of southtown.9 p.m. We encourage people to buy their tickets early."

We have more on the Veterans Play Poject here

We have more on the Mockingbird Fest here

We have more on Urban 15's Sonic Provocations here