Upcoming Author: Scott Blackwood

February 19th Tamale Hut Café Reading Series will be proud to welcome writer Scott Blackwood.

Scott Blackwood

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January 2011 event is in the books!

What a great night it was at Tamale Hut Cafe, where a standing-room-only crowd enjoyed some dynamite performances  from featured guest Jason Brock and new and old open mic-ers.

If you were one of the lucky folks in attendance and happened to take photos, please share them with us so we can post here!

Jason L. Brock TONIGHT!!!

Jason L. Brock

Hi all you Tamale Hut Cafe fans. Tonight, for our main event, Jason L. Brock is going to throw down some verse at the first reading of 2011. Afterward, all-comers are invited to jump into the open-mic round-robin reading melee.

So get in on the action and join us for poetry, prose and tamales @ 7pm only at Tamale Hut Cafe 8300 W Cermak North Riverside IL.

Letter From The Director

Dear Tamale Hut Friends:

I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, so I thought I would check in and update you on some recent Tamale Hut Cafe Presents developments.

We will be kicking off our fifth year of programming with a reading by poet/performance artist Jason Brock this Saturday, January 29th, from 7-9 p.m. He’s bringing some of his poet friends for the open mic, and I hope some of you will come out and share your material as well.

More importantly, I would like to announce that I have recruited one of my most faithful open mic regulars, Bernie Cox, to serve as assistant artistic director of Tamale Hut Cafe Presents. I am thrilled to have Bernie, who is an MFA candidate at Roosevelt University, join me in my quest to ensure that Tamale Hut remains, as he so aptly puts it, “the nexus of art gatherings in the near-west suburbs.” Bernie comes to Chicago by way of Philadelphia, PA, where he was also extremely active in the arts and music scene. Already he has proven himself to be a tireless collaborator, helping identify prospective featured readers and creating a blog and a THC Twitter account so we have more and better ways to communicate with all of you about our events.

This brings me to my next, and final point. I wanted to provide you with the URL to our blog: https://thcreadingseries.wordpress.com/ and also urge those of you with Twitter accounts to follow us @thcafereadings. In the coming months, we will be using both of these to share information, and I hope you’ll interact with us through them and encourage like-minded friends to do the same.

Thanks so much for your interest and support! I’m looking forward to bringing you another year of fantastic stories, and taking the little reading series that could to the next level!


Jenny Seay
Artistic Director, Tamale Hut Cafe Presents

¡Feliz Cumpleaños/Aniversario Tamale Hut Café!

While we normally focus on the Reading Series we wanted to broadcast a special announcement. Tamale Hut Café celebrates its five year anniversary this Saturday January 22nd. So come on out, help celebrate, have some birthday cake and see Frank Rico’s art opening. (You can check out his Flickr stream at the bottom right-hand side of the page.) Here’s a excerpt from Jaime and Lizet Flores’s announcement :

“It has been an amazing five years … We have introduced a variety of Tamales and unique sides like Tinga and Albondiga soup. But THC did not just stop there, we have capitalized on our unique space and relationships and introduced a monthly reading series called “Tamale Hut Cafe’ Presents” and have featured over 45 readers and countless open mic readers. I would like to thank Jenny Seay for developing and coordinating the readings. Also, to Bernie Cox for developing our new reading blog.

We have showcased 22 artists on our gallery wall [, including Frank Rico this Saturday, giving] them an opportunity to show and sell their art. We have also had a few musical performances. Tamale Hut Cafe is so much more that a “Tamale Joint” — it’s a cultural destination.

Finally, thank those of you who are customers in Tamale Hut Cafe’. THC could not have done this without your continued support.

Look forward to the next five years. Jaime / Lizet”

Hope to see you there!