It's a Doozy

SAT, 10/25

Feel free to prance around in your unmentionables at tonight's second incarnation of Floozy Night at the Buckhorn Exchange.Sponsored by local saloon girls, soiled doves and floozies -- actually just a group of grown women who wanted an excuse to parade around in frilly costumes -- this sultry evening is open to all and features live cowboy music by Bill Barwick.

"We decided to get together and celebrate the seedier side of the nineteenth century," says co-organizer Karen Morrison, who plans to be decked out in a black- and red-lace corset, petticoat and bloomers. "Last time, all the menfolk showed up dressed in fabulous old cowboy gear."

If you're interested in an evening of debauchery, meet at the Buckhorn's upstairs bar at 7:30 p.m. "You never know what these ladies are going to do with a few Crown Royals in them," warns Morrison.

For floozies not in the know, the venerable Buckhorn is at 1000 Osage Street; all costumed ladies will be eligible to win dinner for two at Denver's oldest steakhouse. Call 303-534-9505 for details. -- Julie Dunn

Greer revs up a new hero
TUES, 10/28

There's something about the Colorado air or the tough turf that seems to bring out the mystery writer in all of us, but Robert Greer is one of the top dogs on the long list of our state's best detective yarn-spinners. The CU Health Sciences pathology professor already had a hit series going, featuring black Denver bail bondsman CJ Floyd. Now he's switched gears to introduce a new sort of hero -- heroine, to be exact -- in Dr. Carmen Nguyen, a hog-riding half-black/half-Vietnamese ER physician who stars in Greer's latest, Heat Shock. Greer will be in the house for a book signing tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 East First Avenue in Cherry Creek North; call 303-322-7727. -- Susan Froyd

A Toothy Tale
THURS, 10/23

Vampires will be out for blood at tonight's opening of The Passion of Dracula, a tongue-in-cheek adaptation of Bram Stoker's chilling novel performed by members of the University of Colorado's Department of Theatre & Dance.Associate professor Cathy Hartenstein, who directs nine CU students in the melodrama, says it is "a very different take on the traditional version. Everybody has an image of Dracula; it's pretty amazing that one novel has had such an impact."

Passion, which dives into the mystery and horror of Transylvania, will be acted out in the Mainstage Theatre on the CU-Boulder campus tonight at 8 p.m. The show runs Wednesday through Saturday nights through November 1, with midnight performances on October 25 and 31 and November 1. "We're definitely getting into the spirit of Halloween," Hartenstein adds. "There are some scary scenes. People do die. Stakes do get driven through hearts."

Tickets are $12 for students, $15 for the public. To purchase yours, call the CU box office at 303-492-8181 or visit TheatreDance. -- Julie Dunn