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
Valentine’s Day is over– but not romance. This weekend a San Diego Ballet dance program explores the romance and artistry of Latin music, plus Broadway San Diego announced its new season.
You know it’s a good weekend when there’s tap dancing and dinosaurs involved.
If you’re a football fan, you already know what you’re doing this Super Bowl weekend. But also happening this weekend is a romantic cabaret, a dance showcase and the return of a popular indie band.
- Jan. 28
- By Nina Garin
The Old Globe stages "Familiar," a play about wedding drama, written by "Black Panther" star Danai Gurira.
There’s plenty going on in the arts this weekend, but some of the biggest events coming to San Diego are actually happening mid-week: Elton John’s farewell tour, Isabella Rossellini’s circus-themed show and a renowned dance troupe from China.
This weekend brings a millennial comic, a meddling matchmaker and an ambitious chamber music group.
This weekend is packed with diverse music events, from punk to classical, and even a capella.
- Jan. 4
- By Nina Garin
January is typically a slow month, a time to take a breath and catch up from the holidays. But now that the San Diego Symphony puts on an annual music festival, January is brimming with concerts, dance performances and art shows.
New Year’s Eve is almost here and that means San Diego will have its share of fancy dinners, harbor cruises and block parties. But if you’re looking for a weekend event that’s more arts-friendly, here are some options.
This time of year, when people are talking about the year's best, we look ahead to some of the most anticipated arts events coming up in 2019, from world-premiere shows to art exhibitions.