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Man's Best Friend or Fiercest Competition?

When my wife comes home, the dog gets a hug, kisses, and baby talk, while I get a peck on the cheek and a no-nonsense attitude. I’m not saying she should toss on an apron and bring me a drink, but can a guy get a little love at the end of a long day?

He Said: First off, drop the dog comparison. Your wife has fewer expectations from Fido.

Required Reading: Chris Colin

We ask the city’s writers what they’re reading these days and they answer. Look for Required Reading every Tuesday.

Halloween Weekend: Where to Party (And Get Spooked)

All dressed up and nowhere to go? Don't let that happen on Halloween weekend. Here's where to party or just soak up a spook fest.

Spookfest @ Cow Palace, October 29:

Slap on some dancing shoes for this one: it's almost 12 hours of solid movin', groovin' and monster mashing. Look forward to some of the best turntablers out there,: DJ Shadow, Steve Aoki, Uffie, Blaqk Audio, Moby, MSTRKRFT and more. Tickets here.

This Week's Hottest Events: Air Sex Championships, Aziz Ansari, and Bridge School Benefit Concert

Performance: Air Sex Championships
Cheer on the brave souls who bring their secret pole and lap dancing fantasies to life onstage in a battle of the sexes, literally. Watch in awe as contestants make sweet love to the air, pound the floor, and do the nasty in front of a live audience. You'll laugh, you'll cringe, and you'll be grateful that you can go home to get it on in private. $15; Wednesday 10/20; The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., apeconcerts.com

The Exquisite Book Launch

Last Thursday, local artists and art lovers gathered at Rare Device in Duboce Triangle to celebrate the publication of The Exquisite Book: 100 Artists Play a Collaborative Game (Chronicle Books). In it—as its name implies—a hundred artists play the legendary Exquisite Corpse game, in which they each make a picture in sequence, based only on the prior artist's rendering. Kind of like a cross between Telephone and Pictionary for pros, though the game was actually invented by the Surrealists, that cheerful French lot who valued pure expression above reason, morals and even aesthetics. The resulting book shows—in satisfyingly thick, fold-out pages—the results of this collective stream of consciousness.

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