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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

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Hairspray' And Indie Rock Pioneers

Aug. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings a fun twist on the popular musical, "Hairspray," plus a super-sized concert by two giants of alternative rock: Weezer and The Pixies.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Films, Violins And LSD

Aug. 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings a renowned chamber music festival, a revamped film festival and a concert by a trio of Grammy-winning musicians.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: From Disco To The Decemberists

July 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings disco music, earnest folk songs and a visit by comedian Kathy Griffin.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: A Big Musical, A Small Musical And A Potter Musical

July 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Three new musicals open this weekend, one based on a Disney movie, another based on an Irish indie film and the third inspired by the Harry Potter series.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Pride Edition

July 13
By Andrew Bowen, Nina Garin

San Diego Pride is underway and the weekend is filled with celebrations, art exhibitions, theater and a historic look at San Diego's LGBTQ+ community.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: A Funny Guy, A 'Funny Girl' And John Adams

July 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings a musical about John Adams, comedy by Kevin Hart and a festival that showcases films celebrating anniversaries, including "Funny Girl" and "The Red Shoes."

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The Old Globe Welcomes 'The Lorax' To Its World Of Seuss

July 2
By Brooke Ruth, Nina Garin

The Old Globe is home to "Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas," but the "Mean One" will have to share a space with another beloved Seuss character: The Lorax.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: David, Dua And Fireworks

June 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

It’s the weekend before 4th of July, which means it’s the start of the Bayside Summer Nights season. Plus we get a visit from a high-profile actor and British pop star.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Punk And Samba And A Hint Of Irish

June 22
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

This weekend marks the end of an iconic music festival. Plus you can go on a musical journey to Ireland and Brazil.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Art From India, Rappers From Illinois

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.

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