The modern-art world's member of the 27 club, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-88) burned bright and burnt fast. A supernova of creativity, if you like. He was a renowned street-artist by 20, collaborating with Warhol by 23 and dead – tragically, of a heroin overdose – by 27. And here is the first major UK retrospective of the New Yorker's life and work, at last. With graphic paintings and self-portraits, caricatures and Polaroids, it's a visual spectacle mashing up everything from jazz to boxing to Egyptian history to film and TV to anatomy. In short: unmissable stuff.
Until 28 Jan 2018; £16
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Welcome to the hottest new restaurant in town – in all senses of the word. It's the first, and hugely anticipated, London opening from Martha Ortiz, who's a culinary superstar in her native Mexico. And this is a woman who has a way with a chilli. At Ella Canta, you can expect a ground-breaking modern Mexican menu with highlights including a fiery vampire ceviche with mango and sangrita sorbet, and pato al mole negro: duck plantain purée and red rice with a black mole sauce (which has 50, count 'em, FIFTY ingredients). Meanwhile, the stunning interiors are by the renowned David Collins Studio, and the staff wear fashion-forward jumpsuits. See? H-O-T.
Ella Canta, One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London W1J 7QY