In 2012, NAKA Dance Theater's Jose Navarrete and and Debby Kajiyama travelled to Tohoku, Japan, to volunteer after the devastating tsunami. There they documented the decimation and struggle of Fukushima, highlighting how the environmental disaster affected lives and inspired art. As a prelude to their dance performance with SCUBA , Navarrete and Kajiyama present their experience in talk, video, and photos at a special one-night event at PhillyCAM. Monday, March 10th, free, 6:30 p.m., PhillyCAM, 699 Ranstead Street
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Philly's iconic LGBT bookstore, Giovanni's Room, with a night of firsthand history from owner's past and present. Giovanni's Room is one of the nation's oldest LGBT bookstore, so there's a lot to talk about. Participants include founders Tom Wilson Weinberg and Dan Sherbo, and owners Pat Hill, Arleen Olshan and current owner Ed Hermance. The evening will be recorded and archived for the William Way LGBT Community Center. Tuesday, March 11th, 7:30 p.m., free, William Way LGBT Center, 1315 Spruce Street.
Nerds rejoice! Join Nerd Nite at Frankford Hall for an evening of quizzo, beer and lectures from top speakers on the ill-fated Pompeii. Speakers include Dr. Janet Monge, a forensic and anthropology teacher; UPenn's Dr. Brian Rose, who will dish on on "Dining and Lovemaking in Pompeii;" and marine geologist Laura Guertin, who believes the Jersey Shore may be the next Pompeii. The festivities go hand-in-hand with the Franklin Institute's current exhibit, "One Day in Pompeii," where, quick tip, you should study up before quizzo. Wednesday, March 12th, 7 p.m., Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue, $5 drinks
In his latest, Eating My Garbage, Boston-based playwright David Mogolov is on a quest to find one good reason why this nation isn't completely doomed. Good luck. Mogolov's absurdist play makes its Philadelphia debut in its national tour this Wednesday at PhilaMOCA. It's got fast-food fatigue, spot-on commentary, and a pollster who sounds suspiciously like Laura Linney. Dig in. Wednesday, March 12th, 7:30 p.m., $5, PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street