The crazy sex cool kids of Mission Mission will blow your minds this Friday. And next Friday too. That's just what they do! What are we talking about? This: Mission Mission editor Allan Hough's world was rocked after playing ping pong in Berlin a couple of years ago, so he decided to bring it to the Mission for the first two Fridays in August. It’s a party christened American Tripps, which debuts the first two Fridays in August. Here's how it works:

It starts mellow, everybody strolling around the table, drinks in hand, possibly movin’ to the music, getting to know the people next to you in the circle. And as people mess up and the ranks dwindle, the action gets serious.

Why the title American Tripps? Hough explains:

Last summer I played a bunch at this place called Sportklause on Glogauer Strabe, but they had some leftover signage from when the space was a travel agency catering to immigrants from the Balkan Peninsula. So we called it “Balkan Tripps” because that was more fun to say.

Here's an example of a Berlin-style ping pong gala. Mesmerizing.

In addition to madcap ping pong playing, DJ sets by Bookworms and Magic Touch will help set the evening's festive tone. Be there or prepared for Kelly Kapoor to sing Avril Lavigne in your face.

What: AMERICAN TRIPPS - Berlin-Style Ping Pong Night
When: Friday, August 5 · 7 pm - 11 pm
Where: The Secret Alley (180 Capp)