By Charlotte Cox
Welcome to a bumper weekend of arty, party, festy and foodie delights. What to do first??More
ART: Yayoi Kusama
How’s this for a CV: Yayoi Kusama has been dubbed ‘the most popular artist in the world’; was the sole visual to make it on to TIME’s 100 Most Influential People list; hugely influenced the work of Andy Warhol; and at 87 years old, she still know how to rock neon polka dots and post-box red wigs. Intrigued? You should be. This week sees her open new installations at two sites – at the Victoria Miro galleries near Old St and in Mayfair – installations which variously involve mirrored infinity rooms, psychedelic dotted prints and a field of huge, illuminated pop-art pumpkins. See it to believe it.
Until 30 July; free 16 Wharf Road, N1 7RW and 14 George Street, W1S 1FE
FOOD: Too Many Critics at Ceviche Old Street
If Masterchef has taught us anything, it’s that cooking for restaurant critics is SCARY. But at this special one-off charity event, the tables are turned – bwaah ha ha! – and it’s the country’s top food writers that must cook a banquet to impress a panel of top chefs, not to mention the assembled diners. Aka: you. It’s all in aid of Action Against Hunger, and will see the like of The Observer’s Jay Rayner and The FT’s Bill Knott getting into chef’s whites to cook a Peruvian feast. All you need to do is sit back, enjoy the Taittinger champagne reception, and prepare your snarkiest tasting notes…