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
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.
It's a literary weekend with a ballet inspired by "The Great Gatsby" and a book reading by actor Sean Penn, plus musician Branford Marsalis returns for a classical music concert.
This weekend brings some theatrical and pop culture reunions, as well as an evening of meditative noise.
This weekend meshes sports and arts with an ice skating-themed circus performance and a musical about cheerleaders.
The San Diego Music Awards is a celebration of local music and a night when bands from a variety of genres are honored for their work.
This weekend is all about the classics: a beloved ballet, a timeless band and a long-held Japanese tradition.
This weekend brings celebrations of black history and Mexican art, plus a former San Diego musician returns.
- 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."
This weekend brings a YouTube sensation, Greek heroines and a presentation of "Bold" dances.