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Nina Garin

Arts Calendar Editor and Producer - Contributor through August 2019

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Nina Garin previously produced and edited the KPBS/Arts calendar. She also wrotes the weekly KPBS/Arts Newsletter and produced 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

A promotional photo of Austin's The Miró Quartet .

San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: From Beethoven To Toni Morrison

Aug. 9, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend is all about celebrating the classics. From an exploration of Beethoven’s string quartets, to the history of L.A.’s Gold Star Recording Studios. Plus a popular alternative band returns.

A promotional photo of SummerFest music directo...

San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: From Chamber Music To 'Jailhouse Rock'

Aug. 2, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings two high-profile music festivals, one celebrating chamber music and the other highlighting a little bit of everything. Plus relive the music … and dance moves … of Elvis Presley.

A 2019 photo of musician and author, John Doe.

John Doe: From Punk Rock Pioneer To Punk Rock Historian

July 26, 2019
By Nina Garin

With a second book recently published about the Los Angeles punk movement, X co-founder John Doe has evolved from a punk pioneer to a punk historian.

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Will My Kid Like 'Matilda'? A Guide To Kid-Friendly Arts In San Diego

July 23, 2019
By Nina Garin

Is "Matilda" basically just one long, depressing musical, or will kids like it? Check out this guide to kid-friendly arts in San Diego.

A 2018 promotional photo of musician Billie Eil...

San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Broadway Stars, A Pop Princess And Pride

July 12, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Nina Garin

This weekend brings major star power to San Diego — from teen pop royalty to a Marvel hero singing Broadway show tunes. Plus Pride highlights and a look at "Miss Saigon."

A film plays at San Diego Museum of Art's Scree...

Summer 2019 Guide To Outdoor Movies In San Diego

July 8, 2019
By Nina Garin

Summer is when San Diego's outdoor movie season really kicks in. From screenings in swimming pools to free movies in the park, here's a guide to where you can watch movies under the stars.

A 2019 poster for California Rhythm Project's T...

San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Tap Dancing, Hair Metal And Pop Stars

July 5, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

After the Fourth of July fireworks and barbecues, the weekend brings contemporary dance at the Bernardo Winery, hair metal at Cygnet Theatre and pop star Shawn Mendes.

Fireworks during the Big Bay Boom, July 4, 2014.

Where To Celebrate Fourth Of July In San Diego

July 3, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

It’s Fourth of July weekend and that means fireworks, patriotic concerts, and a little tap dancing, too. KPBS Arts Editor Nina Garin has details.

A 2019 photo from the San Diego premiere of Puf...

San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Shifting Perspectives

June 28, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Nina Garin

This weekend is all about shifting your perspective, whether it’s a new look at the world of Harry Potter, baseball songs interpreted by the symphony, or a modern way of looking at grand European art.

A 2019 photo of Maja Petrić's art installation,...

San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Wonderspaces, Moonlight Amphitheatre And 'Little Shop Of Horrors'

June 14, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Nina Garin

San Diego has plenty of summer staples, and this weekend two favorites return: Wonderspaces and Moonlight Amphitheatre’s summer season. Plus, don't miss a non-traditional staging of "Little Shop of Horrors."

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