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Jewish Food, Fishing and Opera on the Suncoast Scene: February 17-19

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 Don't miss the 35th annual Cortez Village Commercial Fishing Festival this weekend.

"The festival is party town USA, " says Jane Von Hahmann, Vice Pres., of F.I.S.H. "It's awesome, we have incredible live music, we have 25 food vendors."

"We've got artisans that come from all over the state, 60 of them in total," adds Rose Lipke, Festival Coordinator. "We've got a great kid zone , we do a boat raffle every year, we hand build a craft and then raffle it off."

"We do a lot of educational things," says Hahmann. "We do doc talks, the museum is open and free to anyone who would like to go there. And we have a cultural center and a boats works center open."

The Cortez Village Commercial Fishing Festival is Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"BORN YESTERDAY" is at the Asolo Rep through April 15th. It's about love, politics and the American Way.

Norm Boucher plays 'Harry Brock'.

" There's a very happy ending and its very funny all the way thru and there are a lot of good interesting lessons to be learned along the way," says Brock.

And opening at the Sarasota Opera House on Saturday is "An Italian Girl in Algiers".

The Jewish Congregation of Venice presents it's 23rd annual Jewish Food Festival. There will be be continuous entertainment and food to die for, made by some of the best Jewish cooks on the Suncoast.

The Jewish Food Festival is this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.