Father Gregory Boyle — a recent recipient of the faith-based humanitarian Opus Prize, which recognizes “heroes who are conquering the world's persistent social problems” — is a straight-up saint. The Jesuit priest became the pastor of Dolores Mission in Boyle Heights in 1986. The mission, lodged between two of the largest housing projects in the country, put Boyle smack in the middle of East L.A. gangs, and two years later he founded Homeboy Industries, which has provided members of more than half of the gangs in L.A. with employment, hope and compassion. (You're not an Angeleno until you've dined at Homegirl Cafe, yo.) Former gang member, founder of Tia Chucha Press and award-winning author-poet Luis J. Rodriguez joins Boyle in conversation for ALOUD's “An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions and Healing,” which will knock your calcetines off. Mark Taper Auditorium, L.A. Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., dwntwn.; Tues., Jan. 17, 7 p.m.; free, resv. required. lfla.org.

Tue., Jan. 17, 2012

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