Coming up in this week's Gambit

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Coming up in the new Gambit, which starts hitting the stands Sunday ...

Berm, baby, berm: After the U.S. government issued a scathing report Thursday about the efficacy of Gov. Bobby Jindal's oil-blocking berm project, the Jindal administration defended the move by saying the berms will be valuable in coastal restoration. Jeremy Alford spent six weeks talking to boosters and detractors of the big piles of sand, and finds out just what Louisiana is getting for $360 million of BP's money — and who's getting a big chunk of it ...

Alex Woodward on the split between the city of New Orleans and the LA/SPCA. Who's going to provide animal control for the city in 2011?

Clancy DuBos breaks down the Top 10 20 Political Stories of the Year, and Will Coviello looks at the year in arts ...

Ian McNulty hangs up his critic's pen to pen a holiday paean to Liberty's Kitchen, the nonprofit that's turning around kids' lives through the power of cookery ...

Noah Bonaparte Pais reviews the new release from the Generationals ...

Plus: last-minute gifts, and a whole bunch of Christmas weekend picks to get you out of the house when your family has made you ready to scream.

And coming up in next week's issue: Blake Pontchartrain finally answers the No. 1 question he gets here at Gambit: Who is Blake Pontchartrain?

One last shot of holiday spirit: Aaron Neville singing "Louisiana Christmas Day":

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