Father Greg Boyle on Gangsters: KPFK Wed. 5/12

The legendary FATHER GREG BOYLE, Jesuit pastor of Dolores Mission in Boyle Heights starting in 1986, has made it his mission to help gang members who want to quit.  He founded Homeboy Industries in 1988.  Now he has written a wonderful book: Tattoos on the Heart: Stories of Hope and Compassion. Father Greg will be in conversation with Celeste Fremon in the LA Public Library ALOUD series Thursday May 13, 7pm.

Plus: Do you wanna dance? ALICE ECHOLS talks about disco: how it carved out a haven for gay men; how it thrust black women onto center stage; how “disco sucks” expressed the worst in America. Alice teaches American studies at Rutgers. Her new book is  Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture. Alice will be reading and signing at Book Soup Monday 5/17, 7pm. Playlist: Bee Gees, “Stayin Alive”;  Barry White, “Can’t Get Enough”;  Sylvester, “You Make Me Feel”; Donna Summer, “Bad Girls.”

Also: Between Arabs and Israelis: Weeks before the Suez War of 1956, four-year-old KAI BIRD and his family moved to Jerusalem.  He lived between Arabs and Israelis for much of his life — in Jerusalem, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Lebanon.  Crossing Mandelbaum Gate is his personal history of growing up an American in the midst of three major wars in the Middle East. Kai is a contributing editor of The Nation; he won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for his co-authored Robert Oppenheimer bio. He will be speaking in the LA Public Library ALOUD series Monday May 17, 7pm.