Hang out with the stars at Sci-Port, enjoy an artistic homecoming and outsmart a coven of witches at Red River Brewpub. Appreciate poetry and the ones who write it and clock in to a 12-Hour Shift gone horribly wrong.  Halloween is coming, so get ready now in our #CoolDowntown. 

Come be Bohemian at the new downtown poetry place, Studio 512 Underground. This week the Poet on Ya Poetry Fest kicks off with a Thursday Night Underground poetry reading and a Friday workshop and poetry showcase. Go to participate or just to listen! When: Thurs.-Fri., Oct. 22-23, 5- 8 pm. Where: Shreve Towne Studio 512, 512 Crockett St. Cost: $5/$10.  Info here.

The weather is beautiful, the night sky, clear, just the right time of year to peer toward the heavens to see stars, planets and constellations. It’s a great deal. Sci-Port Discovery Center provides the telescopes and you provide the curiosity at the October Star Party. Additional activities and presentations will be going on throughout the science center. Where: Sci-Port, 820 Clyde Fant Pkwy. When: Fri., Oct. 23, 8-11 pm. Cost: $8/$10. Info here.

The first-ever artist homecoming is happening this weekend as creatives from Grambling State University and Southern University gather for their 2020 Artist Reunion. The most talented alumni from the colleges will be on hand to show their stuff with the help of curator Eric Francis, an amazingly talented artist in his own right. When: Fri. Oct. 23, 5:30-7:30 pm. Where: artspace, 708 Texas St. Cost: Free to attend. Info here.

A coven of long-dead witches tries to stage a return, but two teenage siblings stand in their way. It’s a family-friendly plot of the Halloween horror/comedy Hocus Pocus, the upcoming feature at the Red River Brewpub Drive- In Movie. and There’s When: Sat., Oct 24, 7-9 pm. Where: Red River Brewpub, 1200 Marshall St. Cost: $25 per carload. Info here.

The year is 1998 when a junkie nurse, her scheming cousin and a group of black-market organ traders get caught up in a heist at an Arkansas hospital that goes horribly wrong. It is the premise of 12 Hour Shift: The Regional Filmmaker’s Spotlight at Robinson Film Center. Watch the movie and then chat technique with the director and one of the actors via Skype. When: Wed., Oct. 28, 6-9 pm. Where: Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas St. Cost: $9.50/$10.50. Info here.