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
Les Enfants Terribles – the immersive theatre crew behind the mega-smash Alice's Adventures Underground – are turning 10. And they're celebrating much as any 10-year-old would: by staging a series of twisted stories in the oldest grand music hall in the world, featuring magical puppetry, live music, lavish Tim Burton-esque costumes and all manner of darkly whimsical theatrics. Oh, and the guest of honour? One Dame Judi Dench, who's recorded the narration. Seriously, wasn't EVERYONE'S 10th birthday party just like that?
Until 28 October
The Terrible Infants, Wilton's Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, Whitechapel, E1 8JB