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
Two modern comedy greats visit San Diego this weekend: Ali Wong and Marc Maron. Plus the musical "Cats" is back with new staging and costumes.
- April 18
- By Nina Garin
Is the musical "Cats" worth seeing with kids? Check out this guide to kid-friendly arts in San Diego.
This weekend is all about flowers, whether it’s the floral arrangements at Art Alive or the flower crowns at Coachella. Plus NPR’s radio program “From the Top” is in town for a live taping.
A play at The Old Globe tells the true story of Jerrie Cobb, a woman who trained to become one of America’s first astronauts. Despite outperforming her male counterparts, Cobb never got the chance to go to space.
Cinderella, Mulan and Jasmine' this weekend is all about Disney princesses, from three different Cinderella ballets to a concert by Lea Salonga. Plus a new musical at the Old Globe that explores the death of a father.
This weekend offers an eclectic mix of arts, from a jam with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain to Cirque du Soleil’s street-inspired acrobatics. Plus, there's a festival dedicated to the playwright August Wilson.
This weekend, San Diego has some very sophisticated arts options: from world-class modern dancers to a conversation with one of Princess Diana’s fashion designers.
It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend and there are celebrations all throughout the county, but there's also a literary celebration happening in La Jolla. Plus internet sensation Randy Rainbow comes to town and the San Diego Museum of Art celebrates works from Asia.
Whether you like ballet or ballet folklorico this weekend is filled with all kinds of dance. Plus Tony Kushner's epic "Angels in America" opens at Cygnet Theater.
- March 1
- By Nina Garin
Tony-winning director Christopher Ashley discusses why Princess Diana continues to fascinate us more than two decades after her death.