Entertainment

Netflix's Kanye West Documentary 'jeen-yuhs' Tracks the Rise of An Icon

The trailer for this controversial three-part documentary promises a glimpse behind the curtain.

If you’re tired of talking about Kanye West, February is going to be a long month. Whether he’s running for office, publicly feuding with his ex-wife, or staging photo shoots in New York city restaurants, the controversial musician has a knack for staying in the headlines even when he’s not releasing new music. jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy, a new three-part documentary chronicling his rise to fame and some of his recent struggles, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and will drop on Netflix this month, guaranteeing that West will remain in the spotlight and in your social media feed.

But, as the trailer for the documentary indicates, jeen-yuhs also attempts to reframe the narrative, focusing on the early stages of West’s career. Consisting of intimate footage shot by Clarence “Coodie” Simmons, who you hear narrating the trailer, and Chike Ozah, the directors of West’s breakout “Through the Wire” video, the film takes you back to West’s time in Chicago, when he was attempting to be seen as more than a producer by an increasingly indifferent and even hostile recording industry. At least in its first two parts, it’s an underdog story.

In an unsurprising twist, Ye himself has posted on Instagram about wanting “final edit” and “approval” on the film, a request that will likely go unfulfilled. The filmmakers recently told Rolling Stone they won’t be giving West the final cut, which makes sense because the first part of the documentary drops via Netflix on February 16, and the next two episodes arrive in the subsequent weeks. This is one twisted fantasy he won’t be able to control. Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Dan Jackson is a senior staff writer at Thrillist Entertainment. He’s on Twitter @danielvjackson.

Entertainment

Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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