"We can finally see that our vision of bringing profound artistic events to our neighborhood is
becoming a reality"
...... Pepitos Parkway, Artistic Director and owner, Joe Senkyr Minjares

November 1st - Day of the Dead Celebration

Press Release: On Saturday, November 1st, 2014, Tlalnepantla Arts and the Zenteotl Project will present the 2nd Annual Festival de las Calaveras Day of the Dead at the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis. Festival de las Calaveras is a daylong multimedia Latin@ music and arts festival that includes a community dialogue and family ofrenda workshop from 12 to 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. concert that features guest artist BOCAFOLOJA (Mexico/NYC). The festival is centered upon the traditional and contemporary celebration of Day of the Dead, which honors the memory of ancestors and loved ones, the duality of life and death, and the corn harvest season.

The community dialogue and family ofrenda workshop are free. The Community dialogue will highlight the historical and contemporary traditions of Day of the Dead through art and discussion and feature live music, spoken word by Teresa Ortiz, and food. During the family ofrenda workshop, youth and families will have the opportunity to decorate sugar skulls and participate in the creation of a community ofrenda with artists Tammy Ortegon, Monica Vega, and Ruben Urrutia.

Tlalnepantla Arts and The Zenteotl Project proudly present BOCAFLOJA from Mexico City, now based in NYC. BOCAFLOJA is one of the most respected artists in the Spanish-speaking hip hop communities for effectively using his creative work as an alternative tool to stimulate critical thinking. (Please see attached artist bio.) Local favorites Alma Andina and Malamanya return to the Festival de las Calaveras stage, and are joined by Los Nativos and DJ Simone Steppa DuJour. Other performers include Mexica (Aztec) dance group Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli and Palabristas Latin@ Wordslingers.

Throughout the festival visual art by Douglas Padilla, Ricardo Levins Morales, and many others will be displayed. During the concert, there will also be “calavera” face painting ($5). Concert tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at ColorWheel Gallery, 319 W 46th St., Minneapolis, and Joyeria Ecuador at the International Bazaar, 301 E Lake St, #103B, or online at

Festival de las Calaveras is an important event for Tlalnepantla Arts because it addresses the absence of high quality annually produced Latin@ arts showcases in Minnesota. The festival extends the mission of Tlalnepantla Arts by honoring an indigenous Mexican tradition, sharing it with the broader Latin@ and Twin Cities communities, and building a platform for the presentation of multiple art forms that express cultural and community pride. The festival aims to connect and grow the Twin Cities diverse Latin@ arts community while promoting artistic collaborations among local, national, and international Latin@ artists.

For more information about Festival de las Calaveras, please visit , find us on Facebook at or call 612-48-MAIZ-3.
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Note to the editor: to arrange an advanced interview, please contact Marion Gomez at 612-964-8849 or

Information on BOCAFLOJA:

The Zenteotl Project | Deborah Ramos, Director
P.O. Box 111033 Saint Paul MN 55111 | 612.48.MAIZ.3 | |


New Music Live Series Concerts with World Music Begins September 26th, 2014


TWIN CITIES – September 26, 2014 – The Parkway Theater in south Minneapolis is returning to a live music format – and a new series -- after a long dry spell, complete with a new webcast. The events begin September X and run into October, featuring international artists and longtime Twin Cities’ favorites like Billy McLaughlin and friends. Organizers of the series, including McLaughlin, Parkway proprietor Joe Minjares and Loud Folk Records’ Ken Onstad, expect to stage a dozen or more shows a year at the destination south Minneapolis venue.

To purchase advance tickets, visit

October 10, 2014  Hindustani vocalist and composer Pooja Goswami Pavan,
In a rare Twin Cities performance, Pooja  Goswami  Pavan will perform selections from her new album recorded in India on Loud Folk Records, In What Land Is My Beloved: Songs of The Sufis, with other musicians. Pooja is a Minneapolis, MN based performer, composer, teacher and scholar of Hindustani (North Indian classical) music. “She has a soaring voice that mingles our suffering with joy. Her phrasing is always exact as she rides the devotional river,” notes Minnesota Poet Laureate Robert Bly.

She was born in a musical family and received her early training in Hindustani vocal music from her father Sri. Surendra Goswami. She received a Ph.D. in Music from the University of Delhi in 2005 for her thesis on the life and music of Pandit Amarnath, who was one of the prime disciples of the iconic Ustad Amir Khan, recorded in India, with a cast of incredible musicians. Of her soaring vocal technique, Dwight Hobbes of Twin Cities Planet writes that she “fascinates [as] an engaging vocalist with gorgeous tonality. The exquisite phrasing lifts, dips, spirals, stretches out at times, lofty. Nothing whatsoever like Western singing, it gives the impression of being stream-of-consciousness.”Pooja has drawn together the wonder and beauty of Sufi poetry with extraordinary traditional and contemporary musical arrangements all with the help of Delhi based arranger, Ranjan Sharma,  together they have brought us a musical offering to be cherished.

For more information, see

October 10, 2014 International Folk Guitarist Greg Herriges
Greg  Herriges is another Minneapolis-based musician, packing an international repertoire  that is as deeply satisfying as it is breathtaking in its scope. "Herriges's fluency in the musical languages of more than a dozen countries and regions is worthy of a United Nations translator," notes his entry in The 50 Greatest Guitar Books, while Folkwords calls him  “...a gifted musician who is able to bring the best sounds from several cultures into one type of intriguing music.”

Guitarist, bouzoukist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer , Herriges creates an eclectic mix of original and traditional "whirled music," with a unique approach honed by his studies of Asian and other international styles. A virtuoso performer and award-winning composer, his music and writing have found international recognition.  He is: a recipient of composer/performing artist fellowships and grants from the Bush and McKnight Foundations and the Metro Regional Arts Council; a soundtrack artist and music director for film and theater; and author of seven (and counting) internationally published music books. Performing is his lifeblood; he gets equal fulfillment playing with cross-cultural ensembles or letting one guitar play him.
Also an author/arranger of music instructional books and multimedia, Greg's recent book/CDs, World Guitar and Guitar Explorer (published by Hal Leonard), explore the stringed traditions of the world with inventive approaches on the guitar. His authoring credits also include many books in the Guitar Songs for Dummies series and contributions to Guitar Edge magazine. He has had his fingers in countless other Hal Leonard books and DVDs as an editor and producer. His many other achievements include: 2010 Audience Favorite Performer of the Year, Sample Night Live; Archibald Bush Foundation Artists Fellowship for Music Composition, 2009–2010; Finalist, McKnight Foundation Fellowship for Performing Artists, 2007; Featured artist on “MNspin,”

A full range of Greg's atmospheric and action music can be heard at his gallery.
For more information -- including photos – visit

September 26, 7:00 p.m. Billy McLaughlin & Friends

Emmy Award winning guitarist and composer Billy McLaughlin returns to the  neighborhood in which he grew up. Billy will be joined by members of his angelic Christmas ensemble,  SimpleGifts, and more than one locally famous mystery guest (including one named Jeff Arundel)!  Don't miss this special evening with Billy playing solo acoustic guitar and sharing the stage with some of his favorite musician friends.  A complimentary chocolate fountain will be provided for all concert guests in the lobby before the show and during intermission by Dippin Chocolate.
Read more about Billy’s life and music career, including his inspiring struggle to face and manage Focal Dystonia, a neuromuscular disorder that caused him to switch hands in order to play guitar and make the music that fans around the world have enjoyed for more than three decades!
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October 18, 7:00 p.m. – Jeromy Darling’s “The Salvage Project “ Benefit Concert

Self-professed Christian rocker, Jeromy Darling knows the effects of poverty firsthand. That’s just one reason he’s put together a benefit for “the Salvage Project” to repurpose forgotten people and broken lives through music and stories that transmit the saving power and grace of Christian faith. Jeremy has always been drawn to those who were at a tremendous disadvantage in life – either physically or emotionally – and he found, in turn, they were also drawn to him and his music
The songs on Darling’s Year of Living album define him as much as they do the period and memories that they are based on: “These songs are old, even for me. All written somewhere between 2004 & 2005 as I tried to process what was happening to people I cared about. Drug abuse, betrayal & and shattered dreams were tearing apart some of my closest friends, further solidifying my own decision to embrace Jesus as the only sense in the madness that was another year of living. I recorded them back then but never really felt like they were finished. So this was my attempt to finally put them to rest.”
For more information about The Salvage Project, visit
For more information about Jeromy’s work, see



Pepitos Restaurant
We are proud to announce that Pepitos Restaurant has been voted one of the top ten restaurants in the Twin Cities by Vita.Mn magazine readers poll.

Pepitos Parkway Theater
We made the top 5 list for best Cinema venues


Washburn High School Class of 63 Reunion a huge success

DATE: Saturday, Sept. 6th 2013
TIME: Festivities began at 6:30pm

The Washburn Millers class of 1963 will be held their 50th class reunion at Pepitos Parkway theater. Included in their per guest ticket will be a variety of finger foods, both meat and meatless.

Two full cash bars were available with all drinks priced at $6.00 per beverage and bottled water or pop at $3.00

Valet parking was available at the front door for $4.00 and free off street parking was available after 6:30pm, at the Wells Fargo parking lot located one block north of the theater at 4700 Chicago Avenue.

For more information and per guest prices contact:
Joe Senkyr Minjares


Letter of recomendation:

Joe Senkyr Minjares
Pepitos Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55417

September 10, 2013

Dear Joe,

Our Washburn High School 50th Reunion party, held last Friday at the Parkway Theater, was a resounding success.  We really appreciated the support and guidance you and your staff provided throughout the planning process.  From taste testing to sound and video checks to recommendations for outside vendors (the Corner Balloon Shoppe), everyone was terrific to work with and the venue was perfect.  It really set the tone for a casual evening with friends from years ago…complete with a red carpet arrival, cheerleaders and friendly valets. Guests knew from the outset that they were in for a memorable, special evening.  

The committee has been receiving glowing emails from our classmates, sharing what a great time they had.  We may post some of them on our reunion website.  Thank you again.  You and your team were delightful to work with! You may have gone to Central, but we believe you may really be a Washburn Miller at heart!

Sally Sedgwick Wherry
On behalf of the Class of ’63 Reunion Committee





Central High School Pioneers all 60's Class Reunion



When: MAY 2014
They can tear down our school but they can't talk away our spirit. On October 26th 2012, we will hold our second annual Central High School all 1960's class reunion. Last years event was such a success that we couldn't help but do it again. What makes this event so great is that you get a chance to not only see your old classmates but you'll run into the kids that you looked up to and unfortunately looked down your nose on, those pesky little sophomores.
Its an experience that you will long remember. Buy you tickets now and don't forget to spread the word. We will begin at 6pm and end at about 10pm. Thorton Jones (class of 64) will provide the music, Joe Senkyr Minjares (class of 64) will provide the food and venue. If you know of the whereabouts of any of our old teachers or maybe a classmate that went to Central at that time but transferred out and graduated somewhere else, tell to join us. This event is for Classmates and yes, your special someone.