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Live Talks Los Angeles Celebrates Its Third Anniversary

Tomorrow night’s Live Talks Los Angeles event featuring Burt Bacharach in conversation with Mitch Albom is notable for a couple of additional reasons. It will mark the three-year anniversary of the popular local series and is the first of several Live Talks events planned for Glendale’s Alex Theatre.

It all began May 14, 2010 with author Jane Smiley interviewing Dave Barry. Since then, series founder-producer Ted Habte-Gabr has staged more than 100 events, bringing together everyone from Steve Martin and Tina Fey to Fred Willard and Darrell Hammond to Sharon Waxman and Sir Michael Caine. In addition to the evening series, which focuses for the most part on arts and culture, Habte-Gabr curates a downtown daytime business-themed bracket, Live Talks Business.

“We have three events booked at the Alex,” Habte-Gabr tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “The first one is Burt Bacharach; the second one is Phil Jackson in conversation with John Salley on June 12; and the third one is Neil Gaiman in conversation with Geoff Boucher, June 27. Then the Alex shuts down for some major renovations and they open back up in November, at which point we’ll probably have one or two more events there before the end of the year.”

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Burt Bacharach Composes Touching Hal David Tribute

There’s no better way to remember the late songwriter Hal David (pictured) than through the eyes and ears of the composer who worked closely with him for all those years. Burt Bacharach’s fond reminiscences, posted online last night and adorning the front page of today’s LA Times Calendar section, wonderfully capture the pair’s professional highs and lows.

Bacharach begins by mentioning some early collaborations that never saw the light of radio day. He then takes responsibility for their major falling out:

The big bump — a disagreement that arose during the failed attempt to remake the film Lost Horizon as a musical — was most unfortunate. Hal and I didn’t speak for 10 years except through our lawyers, and I will take the count for that one — my fault. What we might have written in those 10 years we’ll never know.

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More Grammy Goodies from The Johnny Lopez

The Grammys might be over, but we’re not over the Grammys. Not while The Johnny Lopez is blogging the evening. Lopez nails everyone and everything:

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Carrie Underwood–Another CONTEST WINNER gets her Grammy. She gave the best impersonation of Reese Witherspoon’s “Walk the Line” performance I’ve ever seen. Yes Carrie, you can sing at the Grammys…just not your own songs! How much you wanna bet she has a sex tape?!

Gnarls Barkley–Or was it Big Gay Al Roker?

Pussycat Dolls–Every single one of them looks like a “Pretty Woman,” if you know what I’m saying! Do they still charge by the hour if you splurge for all of them?

FBLA wants watch the Oscars with Johnny.