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Have you seen GreenHill’s current exhibit? All women. All abstract artists from across the state. All worthy of starting a conversation about. And on Thursday, November 5 — the penultimate day of the exhibit — North Carolina Museum of Art’s executive director Valerie Hillings will start a conversation, right here at the GreenHill gallery at noon. Her one-hour presentation, “Multiple Perspectives,” will offer fresh insights and a new vision for museum collecting in North Carolina. Real talk: the times demand it. NC Women Abstract Painters is GreenHill’s first exhibit in 30 years dedicated exclusively to women. Don’t miss the chance to see it and hear Hillings, who, prior to landing at NCMA in 2018, curated more than 15 exhibitions on four continents during her tenure at the Guggenheim. Join the conversation in person or via Zoom: www.greenhillnc.org/valerie-hillings

The Inside Scoop

That’s right. The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market is back inside at 501 Yanceyville Street — with new Saturday fall hours, 8 a.m. to noon. Upfitted with handwashing stations and wayfinding signs, the Market building meets state mandates and CDC recommendations with ample space between vendors and improved air circulation. Or there’s always drive-through and curbside pickup on Saturdays or on Wednesdays through November 18. (Indoor shopping is not available on Wednesdays except for a special pre-Thanksgiving extravaganza from 8 a.m. until noon). So go online (gsofarmersmarket.org) to preorder your root vegetables and mushroom jerky. And if you happen to be on the pumpkin spice-everything train, don’t miss GFCM’s Harvest Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on November 7 — to go. Order online and scarf down either pumpkin-spice or apple cinnamon pancakes — you choose — made by Alex and Tim Amoroso of Cheesecakes by Alex, $10. Add a Neese’s Country Sausage patty ($2) to your cart and call it brunch.

Sauce of the Month

In March, we reviewed Bill Howland’s South Carolina-inspired “Slapp-it-on” Mustard IPA BBQ Sauce — sassy with hoppy IPA, smoky chipotle peppers and mustard. The Kayser-Roth veteran now at the Center for Creative Leadership explained that he’d turned to mustard when he wasn’t able to concoct his ideal of a ketchup-based sauce. Now he’s ketching up (so to speak) with his Gate City Red IPA BBQ Sauce. Unabashedly sweet, his new concoction is aromatic with a hint of curry. Cider vinegar and chipotles smoldering in adobo sauce balance the ketchup’s sugar. Look for a sweet-and-sour yin and yang that will keep you coming back for just one more dollop. Available at the Extra Ingredient and other outlets as far flung as South Carolina and Virginia. Info: billysslappnsauce.com

Scorpio Season: This Might Sting A Little

If you haven’t at least a healthy dose of fear of those born under Scorpio, the eighth astrological sign of the zodiac, consider that its symbol is, in fact, a scorpion. As in the predatory arachnid with murderous pincers and a tail punctuated by a venomous barb. But dive deeper into the shadowy depths of this emotional water sign and you will find a highly sensitive and intuitive being who is often the most loyal and compassionate of friends — even if they can hold a grudge for the better part of eternity. Ruled by Pluto (god of the underworld) and Mars (god of war), it’s no wonder Scorpios are portrayed as the Kali Ma of the zodiac — the dark mother who kills demons in the name of love and freedom and dances on corpses, tongue-wagging like some kind of wild beast. In other words: they’re misunderstood. But their mystery is part of their charm and their eyes, you will notice, are utterly hypnotic. This month, Mercury enters Scorpio on November 10. Translation: watch your mouth. And while Scorpios have a habit of internalizing, keep in mind, you’re only poisoning yourself. The new moon in Scorpio on November 15 is all about intense beginnings. But what about this year hasn’t been? If anyone is equipped to handle these turbulent times, surely it’s the fearlessly curious Scorpio. They hold the venom, yes. But they also hold the salve.

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