Coming up in Gambit Weekly: Mayoral line-item veto edition


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This week's Gambit has a little of everything. It'll be in newsboxes on Sunday and online on Monday:

• With its garish neon and its swinging legs, Big Daddy's is was a Bourbon Street institution for 40 years. It closed recently without a lot of fanfare or notice (yes, the legs are gone). Alison Fensterstock gets an oral history of the place (which at one time featured both live music and a live cheetah) in our cover story, "Gone Daddy Gone"....

Adam Norris talks with Avery Johnson, the hoops star turned NBA Coach of the Year, who was fired from the Dallas Mavericks earlier this year. What's next for the basketball legend who grew up in the Lafitte projects and came so far?....

• In Commentary, we wonder (again) what it's going to take to get the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to meet its deadlines or follow through on its promises....

Clancy DuBos looks at the rise of newly minted Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao, and the national GOP leaders who have proclaimed him the future of the party. (Wasn't there someone else who was anointed the future of the GOP earlier this year? Can't think of her name.)....

• Two new movies are out about the music industry. Rick Barton reviews Cadillac Records, while Noah Bonaparte Pais talks to the man behind the documentary The Wrecking Crew:

The Wrecking Crew were a group of Studio Musicians in Los Angeles in the 60s who played on hits for the “Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Mamas and Papas, Tijuana Brass, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Rivers and were Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound. The amount of work that they were involved in was tremendous.

• Looking for some last-minute holiday items? Check our monthly guide to home and fashion, CUE.

And, if you're finishing (or starting) your holiday shopping this weekend, please consider the balance sheets of your friends and neighbors and shop locally. See you on the newsstand, or on our newly revamped Web site, Best of New Orleans.


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