LUZ LIFE—Anyone who's taken Lupon or the new Court the Storm for a spin knows the power of Y La Bamba frontwoman Luz Elena Mendoza's pained and beautiful voice, and this week you can bask in it as she performs a weeklong residency of solo gigs at the Crystal Hotel's storied underground hideaway. MS
Al's Den, 303 SW 12th, Sun May 20-Sat May 26, 7 pm, FREE

CART COOKBOOK—John T. Edge not only has a cool name, he's got a James Beard Award for his food-writing proclivities. Jumping on the food-cart bandwagon, Edge's new The Food Truck Cookbook features recipes from Potato Champion, Whiffies, Garden State, and other carts from around the US. Celebrate his book release with food, drinks, and festivities. CF
Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water, 6 pm, FREE