Chance Wellnitz


Students undertake scary film fest

Aman wakes up sitting at an unfamiliar table, zip-tied to his seat. Classical music fills the room as he pulls against his binding. He looks to see two cameras pointed at him, recording him, one to his left and one right.   A woman enters with breakfast.   “Good morning, Dave,” she says, cheerfully. “Don’t worry, I made sure it was no-pulp.

The Great Minnesota Lit-Together

Minnesotans aren’t fond of bragging, but the Twin Cities Book Festival aims to change that when it comes to the state’s literary scene.   “I think people are really interested in not only forwarding their own work, but in supporting each other and supporting an ecosystem of literature that is good for everyo

Welcome back, Wyatt Cenac

Wyatt Cenac admits he’s a skeptical person. He often suspects things are too good to be true and will “wait for the other shoe to drop” — except when it comes to aliens on TV.   “I’ve seen things, man,” Cenac said.

Pumpkin spice lattes ranked

Some things are synonymous with autumn, like the start of a new school year and the changing color of the leaves. Other things have grown to be associated with the season, like pumpkin spice lattes.   In a pumpkin spice-saturated market, it can be difficult to stand out. There is seemingly a pumpkin spice variation of every major product, from Oreos to Kahlua.

Doomtree unleashed

Last December marked the end of a decade of Doomtree Blowouts, annual label showcases that were one of the few times in a year fans were able to see all seven Doomtree members — P.O.S., Dessa, Cecil Otter, Sims, Mike Mictlan, Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger — on stage together.   The blowouts were huge, rowdy and consis

Night drive with Mesa Pizza

Mesa Pizza delivery driver Matthias Joyce smirked as a line of inebriated University students stumbled through the lobby of The Bridges and onto the streets near Dinkytown.   Despite the increased policing for homecoming, one student openly sipped from a can of beer as he left.

Pop and pastries

Before a band gets their name painted on one of the stars lining the exterior of First Avenue, it’s written in icing on a star-shaped pastry from Glam Doll Donuts.   The Minneapolis doughnut shop has been a staple of artists’ backstage diets for the pa

Empress Of Everything

Lorely Rodriguez finds strength in vulnerability.   Starting in 2012 as a series of ethereal one-minute song snippets called “Colorminutes,” Rodriguez’ Empress Of project puts her voice — and the experiences that shaped her into the person she is today — front and center.   The songs on her debut album “Me” read as if they’re straight from a diary.

Co-op creamery dishes out global influence

The Co-op Creamery Neighborhood Cafe has all the markings of a hip new restaurant: a minimal decor complete with vintage lighting and exposed concrete, photogenic food and  an executive chef known to the local culinary scene.