In brief

UM-Flint Theatre presents The Underpants

FLINT — The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan-Flint presents its third mainstage production of the season, The Underpants — wild-and-crazy guy Steve Martin’s hilarious adaptation of the Carl Sternheim’s 1911 German satire on bourgeois society. Professor William Irwin directs.

Performance dates are Feb. 10–12 and Feb. 17–19, at the UM-Flint Theatre, 303 E. Kearsley St., Flint. Friday and Saturday curtains are 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission; $8 students, seniors, alumni, faculty and staff. For tickets or more info: Box Office: 810-237-6520. theatredance. — G.G.

New movie by local filmmaker to be presented

FLINT — Filmed entirely on location in Flint, “Misdirected” which was written and directed by Bob Gerics, will be shown Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Buckham Gallery. There will be socializing at 7 p.m. and a talk back after the film at 8:30 p.m.

“Misdirected” is the story of an actor who needs a lot of direction, especially in his personal life. As he gets into tougher and tougher situations, his director always comes to the rescue … or maybe not.

Bob originally wrote the surreal drama as a play which was produced by Flint City Theatre at the Good Beans Café last year. After one of the performances, William Howard of True Patriot Productions approached Bob about turning it into a film. Together they did just that.

“I’m very pleased that everyone in the original cast of the play was interested in doing the film. I am very happy with their work,” said Gerics.

The movie features local actors Jesse Glenn, Dan Gerics, Jon Kelley, Ashley Peterfi, Jessica Back, Megan Donahue, and Henri Watkins.— G.G.

Genesee County Literacy Coalition looking for items

GENESEE COUNTY — Genesee County Literacy Coalition is looking for donations of Books for a book sale.

Please drop books off at Pages Bookstore with ATTEN: Marta, 132 W. 2nd St., Flint, MI. Hours are Thursday or Friday 12-6 p.m. Details: Call 810-767-7243.

The coalition is also looking for any items you wish to donate (books, too) for a Rummage Sale. Please drop all items at 2145 East Williamson, Burton (drop in back). Details: Call 810-919-5078 or e-mail

Please save and turn in your VG’s receipts for Genesee County Literacy Coalition, to help support their cause of helping adults read for free by training tutors and getting them into Genesee County through provider locations.

Turn the receipts in at Christ Enrichment Center — 322 East Hamilton; Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 5151 Lennon Rd., Flint; send C/O G.C.L.C. 2145 East Williamson, Burton, MI 48529. — G.G.

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