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Old Town's soon-to-open historic Cosmopolitan Restaurant in Old Town has named Jeff Thurston as executive chef.

Thurston has spent the last 11 years as the executive chef at The Prado in Balboa Park, and he was recently awarded "Chef of the Year" by California Restaurant Association.

"My experience at The Prado will be very valuable at The Cosmopolitan Restaurant," stated Thurston. "The Cosmopolitan is a San Diego historical institution that tourists and locals alike will treasure for years to come. It is up to our opening team to set the standards very high as we know all of San Diego will be watching."

For more information visit oldtowncosmopolitan.com

Every Thursday at Terra Restaurant in Hillcrest through Sept. 16, the restaurant will host its 12th annual "BBQ 'n Blues" from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring St. Louis-style barbeque and live music by local musicians from San Diego's professional blues circuit.

Executive Chef and Owner Jeff Rossman will prepare the food on his outdoor smoker while guests enjoy music. Dogs are even welcome.

Have you ever eaten a meal in complete darkness? On Thursday, June 10, the Foundation Fighting Blindness is hosting their third annual San Diego Dining in the Dark at the US Grant Hotel where guests participate in a dining adventure into the unfamiliar world of the blind and visually impaired by dining in complete darkness.

Guests will enjoy dinner served by visually impaired and blind waiters, while experiencing all tastes, sounds and textures in absolute darkness.

The gala will benefit the foundation's mission to drive the research that will provide a means for prevention, treatment and cures for those affected by retinal degenerative diseases.

The event will also feature silent and live auctions with auctioneer Jack Berkman.

Jazz 88.3 and the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association have teamed up on the newly expanded Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Music & Art Festival on from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11 on Newport Avenue.

The festival will bring 26 jazz artists and bands to perform on seven stages throughout the day and in addition to nationally-acclaimed acts, local student bands, including SDSU's All Star Big Band, Mission Bay High School Dixieline Band and San Diego School for the Creative and Performing Arts Jazz Ensemble will also perform.

"Expanding the festival allowed us to present more music styles, including Latin jazz, funk, blues, swing ... many different elements," said Claudia Russell, Jazz 88.3 program director and festival advisor.

Also, in commemoration of 9/11, there will be a musical tribute to the U.S. military.

Tickets are $30 general admission and $200 for VIP Patron tickets/seats which include food and beverage, complimentary valet parking and a commemorative festival gift bag. Children 12 and under are free.

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