YOUTH: Whether you are 9 or 99, Young Comic’s Guide to Telling Jokes Volumes 1 and 2 by New Orleans comedian Michael Strecker are full of light-hearted giggles for everyone. Children these days can find it difficult to connect with others, considering how much social interaction is done online. These books are ideal for making family and friends laugh. Whether your youngster is an aspiring comedian or not, telling a silly joke is a priceless ice-breaker and attention-getter. You can pick up your copy at any local Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.
COASTAL CONSERVATION: Ain’t There No More: Louisiana’s Disappearing Coastal Plain by Carl A. Brasseaux and Donald W. Davis gives south Louisiana residents a much-needed voice, and an impactful one at that. In addition to being informative about the geographical history of the coast, the book is full of historical documents, photos and maps, which paint an intricate picture of Louisiana’s cultural evolution and the cost it has had on the coast. It is a must-read for those who love New Orleans and want to see future generations understand this love. Read more about the authors and this book on Upress.state.ms.us, and find copies at Octavia Books and Amazon.com.
ALTERNATIVE HIP-HOP/RAP: Stoop Kids are the real deal when they say their music is, “an eclectic mix of soul, hip-hop, surf, jazz, and rock with a psychedelic aftertaste.” Their mixtape, Queue: The Mixtape, is coming out on May 5, with a special release show at Gasa Gasa on Freret Street the evening before. Queue: The Mixtape is funky, the lyrics are catchy, and the chorus lines are 100 percent hip-drop inducing. Stoop Kids will definitely be on my “springtime on the beach” playlist. Checkout their previous albums, videos and tour dates at StoopKidsMusic.com.
By Jessica DeBold, Please send submissions for consideration, attention: Jessica DeBold, 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005.