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MY FAVORITE WEEKEND

Donovan Leitch

Singer-actor

May 29, 2008|Mark Sachs

May has been "Camp Freddy Month" at the Roxy, and tonight the band and singer Donovan Leitch wrap up the run. Leitch, the actor son of '60s cosmic-folkie Donovan and brother of "Say Anything" icon Ione Skye, lives in Studio City with wife Kirsty Hume and daughter Violet.

HOME Friday is Valley Appreciation Night, which means not dealing with Hollywood traffic. We'd start at Woodbridge Park with a play date for Violet, and then go to dinner at Coyote Pizza on Tujunga. It's famous for "The Salad"; they say if you're pregnant and eat it, you give birth within 24 hours. Then we'd have dessert at Gelato Bar.

NATURE BOY On Saturday morning I'd head to the art gallery at Pomona College. One of my favorite exhibits was there recently, James Turrell's "Skyscapes." He manipulates celestial beams and the color of the sky within a controlled environment. It's far-out stuff. Or maybe we'd try Descanso Gardens.

HIP TRIPS I'd grab lunch at Dusty's, a cool hang in Silver Lake. I like the decor, and the produce is organic. Later I might grab a coffee at Intelligentsia, and next door is Lovecraft Bio-Fuels, where you can get your turbo-diesel Mercedes converted to run on bio-diesel.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday, May 31, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 35 words Type of Material: Correction
Caioti Pizza Cafe: The My Favorite Weekend column in Thursday's issue of The Guide misspelled the name of one of singer-actor Donovan Leitch's favorite places. It's Caioti Pizza Cafe, not Coyote Pizza, in Studio City.

ECHO PARKING There are great scrap yards around Echo Park, where they have doors and windows and wrought-iron candelabra. It's fun to wander around. And there's a shop called Han Cholo where they have cool jewelry and Hispanic-customized Nikes. Nice stuff.

BLOODY GOOD I love hot new English bands, and my favorite venues are the Henry Fonda Theater, the El Rey and the Troubadour. So I'll see who's playing where. Then I'd go to Crown Bar in West Hollywood. It's warmer and more intimate than those big, crazy clubs.

TAKE A HIKE On Sunday I'd get a hike in somewhere. Runyan Canyon is overrun with out-of-work actors. I like Fryman because it's shadier, more magical and woodsy. Then I'd go to the Studio City Farmers Market, where Violet likes the ponies and the petting zoo, and I like the local produce. Then I'd stop at my sister's house in Laurel Canyon. She has a 5-year-old who'd love to have a pool party with our Violet.

SAY THE PASSWORD On Sunday evening I'd grab a bite at Bar Marmont, where they have a dining room in back with its own bar, fireplace and patio. You have to go through a private door to get there. It's like spending the night in a speak-easy.

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-- Mark.Sachs@latimes.com

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