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Kris Kristofferson and Friend Help Out Homeboy Industries

Kris Kristofferson has been friends with singer-songwriter John Flynn for a long time. But when the two step on stage together next month in Malibu, it will mark the first time the pair has officially performed together.

The June 23 7:30 p.m. concert at Pepperdine University’s Smothers Theater will benefit Homeboy Industries. Tickets are priced at $45, $75 and a VIP package of $250. That last option, for those able to afford it, includes a post-concert reception with the artists and Homeboy guiding spirit Father Greg Boyle. Flynn’s discovery of Homeboy’s mission connects to another Kristofferson family member:

Flynn first heard about Homeboy Industries when he and Kristofferson’s daughter Kelly swapped their favorite books and he received Father Boyle’s book Tattoos on the Heart. The Pennsylvania singer-songwriter is a longtime leader of New Beginnings, a support group at the state prison in his area, and the “real stories” in Tattoos were a poignant reminder for Flynn of his experiences working with men in the prison system.

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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Has Some Harsh Words for the LA Media

FishbowlLA was at the Downtown Public Library last night to check out author David M. Kennedy and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck talk about the ever-evolving problem of gang violence in Los Angeles. Father Greg Boyle, Celeste Fremon and most of the other social justice folks you’d expect to be there were in attendance. It was an interesting evening, as Kennedy–typically a vicious critic of police departments across the country–was highly laudatory of Chief Beck and his style of community policing. Kennedy told Angelenos they have no idea how rare it is for a police chief to take a human approach to policing (sometimes mocked as the “hug-a-thug” approach in cop circles) instead of a military one.

There were plenty more insights along those lines we could get into, but this is a media site, so we’ll get to the nut. When asked about the media’s coverage of gang violence in Los Angeles, Beck pronounced himself not a huge fan.

“The coverage here in Los Angeles is very shallow. No one spends very much time on these types of stories and the attention span is very small. These are complicated issues that don’t fit into a small news article or into a 30-second spot on Fox News.”

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Father Boyle to Begin Gold Line Book Tour At Libros Schmibros

Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries will be holding a Gold Line book tour this Thursday in support of his latest work Tattoos on the Heart. He’s beginning the tour at Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights with a book signing at 4:30 p.m. After that, he’s making his way on the Gold Line up to Pasadena, for a 7 o’clock reading at the South Pasadena Public Library.

Fear not timid Pasadenans. Anyone who wants to go to Boyle Heights for the first event can meet up at the library at 3:30 and be “escorted” to Libros Schmibros from the Mariachi Station stop.

More info on the Libros Schmibros site.