Coming up in this week's Gambit: New Orleanian(s) of the Year edition

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In newsboxes this Sunday, online on Monday afternoon....

• It's our New Orleanian of the Year edition. In past years, we've honored great civic leaders, philanthropists, soldiers and first responders. With so much activism and accomplishment being carried out at street level in 2008, we decided that this was the Year of the Citizen. Pick up the paper to see who got the laurels. (Hint: It's "New Orleanians of the year" -- plural.)

• In Politics, Clancy DuBos looks at Bobby Jindal's year ahead. If the governor spent most of '08 basking in the Technicolor glow of Oz, Clancy sees '09 as a slog through Kansas without ruby slippers...

• Stephen Colbert has truthiness. Up in wicked, wicked Baton Rouge, lobbyists have "ethickyness." Jeremy Alford explains the concept...

• Tuesday is Twelfth Night and the kickoff of Carnival season (yes, already). On the eve of a major new exhibit celebrating the centennial of Zulu, Noah Bonaparte Pais takes a look at the long and distinguished history of the krewe...

• This week also brings the reopening of the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Alison Fensterstock previews the 'do...

Movies: Reviews of Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Tulia Texas...

Art: Franklin Adams, Melissa Roberts, and The Built Environment at the Preservation Resource Center...

Stage: A look back at Scrooge in Rouge, and a look ahead to the comedy of The Uprising...

• Making his debut on our puzzle page: crossword constructor extraordinaire Merl Reagle.

• ...and some changes for us at Gambit Weekly The Gambit.

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