Coming up in this week's Gambit




Gambit's second issue of the new year has something for nearly everyone …

In our cover story, Lauren LaBorde profiles Jeffery Roberson, the New Orleans actor whose drag persona Varla Jean Merman has brought him ever-increasing fame, from locally shot viral videos to appearances on All My Children and Ugly Betty, and now to his first starring motion picture, Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads

Alex Woodward spent a day with Pastor John Raphael Jr. and several local hip-hop DJs as they held a vigil in a Central City neutral ground. Their message: Stop the killings. Peace. Truce

Clancy DuBos runs the numbers as the GOP prepares to take over the state legislature …

Former city council president Oliver Thomas was once a frontrunner for New Orleans mayor. Then he went to jail. His fall and redemption is the story of a new play at Anthony Bean Community Theater
, and on the eve of its production Will Coviello interviewed Thomas …

Noah Bonaparte Pais meets SoCal punkers No Age ...

Ian McNulty reviews chef Dominique Macquet’s latest restaurant, Dominique’s on Magazine

… and it’s the semiannual appearance of L’Image, Gambit’s bridal guide. Editor Missy Wilkinson will appear on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News on Jan. 10 to talk all things wedding.

Political scuttlebutt, entertainment picks, stage and film reviews ... there's plenty more, so keep an eye out on the newsstand beginning Sunday afternoon.

Have a good weekend. And hurry up with the Hubig’s king cakes!

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