Glass artist Paul Stankard talks poetry, botanicals and how scientific glassblowing became his art. (Photo: Contributed)

Wondering what to do tonight? No need to check your planner—we’ve got your daily post on what’s happening around town.

The poetry of glassblowing
The Hunter Museum of American Art launches a new speaker series tonight, providing one more avenue through which veteran art appreciators and newbies can connect with artists. Glass artist Paul Stankard—a man of international reputation whose exhibit Beauty Beyond Nature is currently at the Hunter—draws inspiration from Walt Whitman’s iconic verses and translates the works into a collection of paperweights; botanicals; cubes and columns; orbs; diptychs and triptychs; and assemblages.

When: 6 p.m.
Where: 10 Bluff View Ave.
How much: Free

Thirsty Thursday twist
Fun fact: While most Americans pair their pizza with Coke or beer, Italians typically opt for wine with their pies. Enter Mellow Mushroom. The downtown restaurant offers a vino version of the almost-to-the-end-of-the-week tradition.

When: Bar shuts down at 11 p.m.
Where: 205 Broad St.
How much: $1 wine