In his Arapahoe Community College classrooms, Jeff Broome teaches philosophy, but outside of those walls, he focuses many hours on scholarship in Western history. He writes articles and books and speaks about his area of expertise, the Indian Wars and the period in which they occurred. He recently won The Six Shooter Award from the Wild West History Association for “the best general history article in 2012,” an article in Wild West Magazine entitled “Wild Bill’s Brawl with Two of Custer’s Troops.” It’s about Wild Bill Hickok in Hays, Kan., in 1870, when Hickok was attacked by two soldiers in a bar, Tommy Drum’s Saloon. In late November, Broome’s latest volume, “Cheyenne War: Indian Raids on the Roads to Denver” will be published by the Logan County Historical Society in Sterling and Aberdeen Books in Englewood.
The annual corn maze at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield will be open Sept. 13 through Halloween: 4 to 9 p.m. Fridays; noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Food, mini maze for little ones, hayrides, pony rides ($5) all are nearby. Tickets: $10/$6, free under 2. 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
The PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker, presents “Bingo, the Musical” Sept. 12 to 15, directed by Ben Dicke. It’s a new musical, produced by Starkey Productions, about die-hard bingo players — and the audience gets to play with them. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Tickets start at $20: pacecenteronline.org, 303-805-6800.
Oktober in September
The Annual Parker Oktoberfest will be Sept. 14, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., in O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Drive, Parker. Parkeroktoberfest.com.
Local artists exhibit
South Suburban recreation centers feature local artists in September:
• Goodson, 6315 S. University Blvd., Centennial: Members of the Paint Box Guild exhibit oils, watercolors, acrylics.
• Lone Tree, 10249 Ridgegate Circle, Lone Tree: Dustin (Dusty) Haggerty exhibits photographs.
• Douglas A. Buck, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton: Mardelle Espinoza’s landscape and portrait paintings, plus sculpture.
Night sky show
Arapahoe Community College’s Astronomy Program hosts “star parties” to observe the night sky on Sept. 20, Oct. 11 and Nov. 8 outside on the West Lawn with professor Jennifer Jones. Telescope available, no reservations needed. Free hot cocoa and cookies. 303-797-5839, Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wind Crest artists
A retrospective exhibit by more than 100 artists who reside at Wind Crest in Highlands Ranch will be displayed with a reception from 3 to 4 p.m. Sept. 15, open to the public. A committee including John Lillie, Dorothy Talbott and Anita Jones has been hanging a new selection of works by four artists every two months in the hallways of the clubhouse. This show will include those who have exhibited in the past year. Lillie says there will be punch and cookies and a book about each previous show. Parking is available near the clubhouse, 3235 Mill Vista Road, Highlands Ranch.
Writers Studio news
• Arapahoe Community College Writers Studio invites submissions for the next Progenitor literary magazine, a 50th anniversary issue, after Sept. 15 — online only. Arapahoe.edu/progenitor. • “Odysseys of the 21st Century Book: Writers Tell All” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the second floor of the ACC Library features nationally published writers discussing experiences in the publishing world and excerpts from new books. Open to the public.
Early steel industry
“Minerals, Iron and Steel” is Pat McCarthy’s subject at the Palmer Lake Historical Society’s meeting, 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Palmer Lake Town Hall, 28 Valley Crescent. He will talk about the industry in southern Colorado, tracing it to W.J. Palmer’s Southern Colorado Improvement Co. in 1872. Free, with refreshments. Palmerdividehistory.org.
A Rothko weekend
The Denver Art Museum plans a special weekend to celebrate its exhibit “Figure to Field: Mark Rothko in the 1940s,” which ends Sept. 29. Harry Cooper from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., which holds the largest collection of Rothko’s works, will speak in a program from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 20 and “Rothko Room,” an original piano piece, will be performed. Curious Theatre will repeat its acclaimed 2012 performance of “Red,” a play about Rothko, in chamber theater form on Sept. 21, 1 p.m.; Sept. 22, 6 p.m., DAM’s Sharp Auditorium. Tickets: 720-913-0130, tickets.denverartmuseum.org.