Arts Calendar Editor and Producer
Before joining KPBS, Nina worked for nearly 20 years as an arts and entertainment reporter at The San Diego Union-Tribune. Along with covering the local arts community, she created the "Top Weekend Events" online calendar, profiled influential San Diegans for the "One-on-One" series, and reported live from Comic-Con, New York Fashion Week, and the Academy Awards.
Nina is a native San Diegan, raised in Chula Vista and Tijuana, who was exposed to local arts at an early age. As a child, she tagged along to her mother's photography classes, taught by the late Michael Schnorr. She went to elementary school blocks away from Balboa Park and visited all the museums at least twice. While earning her English degree at San Diego State University, she participated in poetry readings and covered local music for The Daily Aztec.
Nina has two daughters who study ballet, piano, and musical theater. She spends her free time pinning hair buns and perfecting stage makeup. Her husband, Matthew, is also a writer.
Recent Stories by Nina Garin
- June 8
- By Nina Garin
This is a good weekend if you like art, whether it’s ancient paintings or digital images. Plus there’s one last chance to catch a world premiere play at Cygnet Theatre.
Summer doesn’t officially begin until later this month, but in San Diego we mark the start of summer with the San Diego County Fair and other outdoor favorites.
- May 24
- By Nina Garin
Summer's almost here, and that means it's outdoor movie season in San Diego.
This weekend brings jazz and ballet, some electro-punk and a tour of South Park's historic houses.
This weekend brings some high-profile names in music: The Beatles and Kendrick Lamar. Plus a lesson in how to eat crawfish.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend with "the sun of Mexico," tacos and micheladas. Or revisit a classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.
- May 1
- By Nina Garin and Camila Domonoske / NPR
The new musicals, based on a movie and an animated TV show, earned 12 nominations each. Angels In America, The Band's Visit and Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel each received 11.
This weekend brings two major art events and a homecoming for superstar cellist, Tina Guo.
This weekend celebrates some of San Diego’s most beloved spaces and places, like Chicano Park and the former Sherwood Auditorium.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is considered one of the quintessential music events in the country, and getting Beyoncé as a headliner is just one of the reasons why.