How many times did you cry before/on/after election night? Whether you've shed tears of joy or dejection, put the crying behind you because it's all over! To make things even better, it's the weekend, and here are the best things you can do with yourself this gloriously unpolitical Friday through Sunday:
17th Annual Crush Festival
Set for Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Berkeley Marina DoubleTree, the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce's seventeenth-annual Crush Festival celebrates local gourmet food and wine. This year's theme is "Qué Syrah, Syrah," with more than two dozen participants including Fenestra Winery, Pyramid Alehouse, Rosenblum Cellars, Skates on the Bay, Cafe V, Whole Foods Market, the Terrace Room, and more. Each guest gets a free wine glass and party tray. 2 p.m., $50. 510-549-7000 or BerkeleyCrushFest.com — Anneli Rufus
As if artist and event organizer Sarah Sexton (aka Ssquar’d) of local production company Oaktown Indie Mayhem didn’t have her hands full with projects already, from the annual 48-Hour Film Festival to the monthly X-Over Music Series at Actual Cafe, she’s now hosting a monthly clothing swap. Held in the yard at Classic Cars West on every first Saturday of the month, THREADS affords ladies and gents alike an opportunity to trade in their tired garments for duds discarded by others. Aside from garment bartering, each event also features live music, local craft beer, and Rosamunde sausages for sale. And remember: Just as one man’s trash is another’s treasure, one woman’s worn-out cardigan is another’s flashy new sweater. 2-6 p.m., free. 510-302-5423 or OaktownIndieMayhem.com
Woody Guthrie's American Song
How better to celebrate the life of Woody Guthrie than through his own music? UC Berkeley Theater Department chair Peter Glazer first premiered Woody Guthrie's American Song, his acclaimed musical telling Guthrie's life story, in 1989 — but the show returns to Cal, for a two-week run beginning on Friday, Nov. 9 . Featuring the music and writings of the Oklahoma-born folk hero, the story follows Guthrie on his two-decade journey through America, witnessing the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and World War II. Through November 18.Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.; $15 general admission, $10 for UCB students. 510-642-8827 or TDPS.Berkeley.edu — A.G.