Performance of Mixed Blood Theatre's "Minnecanos" Comes to Kiehle Auditorium on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 7 p.m.

The lives of a Hispanic family in Minnesota are the basis of "Minnecanos," a story to be minnecanos-web.jpgtold in a performance by the Mixed Blood Theatre at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The Minneapolis-based theater company will be on stage in Kiehle Auditorium on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 7 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Office of Diversity Programs on the Crookston campus, has free admission and everyone is welcome to attend.

"Minnecanos," a term created to describe Minnesotans of Mexican descent, is also the name given by Mexican immigrants to the topping knife, the tool used to harvest and clean sugar beets. The performance is the story of an old man awakening his great-granddaughter's interest in their shared Chicano history in a touching and invigorating renewal of family and culture.
The play's author, Joe Minjares, turns his personal experiences growing up on Minneapolis' north side into the 45-minute performance that also addresses major milestones in Hispanic history.  For almost a decade, "Minnecanos" has been performed throughout the upper Midwest.

3557_b.jpgThe mission of Mixed Blood Theatre promotes cultural pluralism and individual equality through artistic excellence, using theater to address artificial barriers that keep people from succeeding in American society. To learn more, visit

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit

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