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Nina Garin

Arts Calendar Editor and Producer

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Nina Garin produces and edits the KPBS/Arts calendar. She also writes the weekly KPBS/Arts Newsletter and produces arts segments for Midday Edition.

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

Craig Noel Awards Honor San Diego Theater

Craig Noel Awards Honor San Diego Theater

Feb. 13
By Nina Garin

Every year San Diego's theater critics award the best plays and musicals that were performed on San Diego stages, and this year's big winners include "In the Heights" and "The Ballad of Emmett Till."

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Moxie, Miranda And Being ...

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Moxie, Miranda And Being Bold

Feb. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings a YouTube sensation, Greek heroines and a presentation of "Bold" dances.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Super Bowl Alternatives

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Super Bowl Alternatives

Feb. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

It’s Super Bowl weekend, but what if you're not watching the game? Here are some options for other activities happening Sunday.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Music And Magical Realism

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Music And Magical Realism

Jan. 26
By Michael Lipkin, Nina Garin

This weekend brings some high-profile musicians, plus a dose of magical realism.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Unconventional Art Experi...

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Unconventional Art Experiences

Jan. 19
By Michael Lipkin, Nina Garin

With dance, visual art and music exploring new themes and ideas, this is a good weekend if you’re looking to experience art outside your comfort zone.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Arts In North County

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Arts In North County

Jan. 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

North County is in the midst of transforming into an arts hub, and this weekend's exhibition of work by Niki de Saint Phalle and play based on a Jules Verne novel are good examples why.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Hamilton'-mania

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Hamilton'-mania

Jan. 5
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

"Hamilton," the smash musical opens in San Diego this weekend and so many people are excited, even those who don't like theater.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Unconventional New Year's...

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Unconventional New Year's Eve Picks

Dec. 29, 2017
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

From old-fashioned concerts to a roller skate party, here are some New Year's Eve ideas that go beyond nightclubs and fancy dinners.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Santa, 'Motown' And Free ...

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Santa, 'Motown' And Free Dance Lessons

Dec. 22, 2017
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

This weekend features a Christmas concert, a free day of dance and the return of "Motown the Musical."

Donna Summer Musical Heads To Broadway

Donna Summer Musical Heads To Broadway

Dec. 20, 2017
By Nina Garin

"Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" is La Jolla Playhouse's sixth show to play on Broadway this season.

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