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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 Arts Events: 'Cats' And Comics

April 19
By Jade Hindmon, 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.

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

April 18
By Nina Garin

Is the musical "Cats" worth seeing with kids? Check out this guide to kid-friendly arts in San Diego.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: From Flower Art To Flower Crowns

April 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

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.

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True Story Of The Mercury 13 Brought To Old Globe Stage

April 8
By Brooke Ruth, Nina Garin

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.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Disney Princesses And Death

April 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

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.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Cirque, August Wilson And Ukuleles

March 29
By Jade Hindmon, Nina Garin

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.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Alvin Ailey, 'Cabaret' And Zandra

March 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

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.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: From Randy Rainbow To James Joyce

March 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

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.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Joffrey, 'Angels' And Mariachis

March 8
By Jade Hindmon, Nina Garin

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.

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La Jolla Playhouse 'Diana' Musical Is Finally Here

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.

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