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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: Fleetwood, Vile And Holiday Lights

Dec. 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend is full of classics, from a treasured Balboa Park event to a revered rock band. Plus an underground music star returns to San Diego.

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Your Guide To December Nights 2018

Dec. 6
By Nina Garin

You can say that in San Diego, the holidays don't officially begin until December Nights weekend.

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'The Year To Come' Is A New Play About Family, Politics And Swimming Pools

Nov. 30
By Nina Garin

La Jolla Playhouse pairs director Anne Kauffman with playwright Lindsey Ferrentino for the world-premiere of "The Year to Come."

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Pie, Chili And The Bard

Nov. 30
By Jade Hindmon, Nina Garin

This weekend brings a musical about pie, a neighborhood chili battle with live music, and Shakespeare-style plays made up on the spot.

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Navigating 'The Nutcracker': Which Show Is Right For You?

Nov. 21
By Nina Garin

It may seem too early to think about “The Nutcracker,” but performances have begun and will continue through the end of the year.

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Clint Black Debuts New Musical In San Diego

Nov. 14
By Nina Garin

Country music at the Globe is an unlikely pairing, one Black even acknowledges. For his own musical, Black and co-writer James Sasser based the story on songs from Black's 1995 holiday album, "Looking for Christmas."

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: New Films, The Moz And Paula!

Nov. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Beloved '80s-era musicians return to San Diego this weekend, plus a small film festival brings major releases to Coronado.

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This Pop-Up Art Event Will Help Kickstart Your Collection

Nov. 8
By Nina Garin

San Diego Art Institute's C-Note Pop-Up Art event sells contemporary works for $100, $200 and $300.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Deftones, Swans And 'Wicked'

Nov. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings major voices in music, from Elphaba in "Wicked" to a festival curated by the Deftones. Plus a grand composer is celebrated.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: The Arty Side Of Halloween

Oct. 26
By Nina Garin

Halloween in San Diego isn't just about pumpkin patches and haunted houses. There are plenty of spooky arts events happening around town.

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