The hippopotamus, from the Greek for "river horse," is a gregarious and gentle fellow. He spends most of his day in the pond with his herd, careful to avoid sunburn and often falls asleep while fully submerged underwater. He is tranquil, vegetarian, enjoys the quiet company of others and has over time earned the nickname of MANKILLER. Seriously, don't go near these things, they'll chomp your damn head off. If you really need to see one up-close, head over to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles for the first of its First Fridays, a series of evenings dedicated to enlightening discussions and humping on the dancefloor. You can wander the halls, look at all the stuffed hippos you want, hear some smart people talk about digital evolution laboratories, and then jam to the jams. Tonight, Frisco lockgroovers Tussle start it off and are followed by our main man Aloe Blacc whom we just featured in our current issue's story on LA soul music (fully readable here). You can also hear his song "Find A Way" on the same issue's heavy duty podcast. So read up, listen up and stay away from the hungry, hungry hipsters. Eh, hippos.