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Tamale Hut Café in North Riverside to host paranormal expert

Created: Friday, June 7, 2013 10:59 a.m. CDT

NORTH RIVERSIDE – Food items aren't the only offerings on the menu at Tamale Hut Café.

The North Riverside restaurant provides space on its wall for artists to display their creations and space inside its lobby for writers to discuss their work. Jaime Flores, owner of Tamale Hut Café, said he offers the use of his establishment free of charge for these purposes due to his interest in advancing cultural opportunities in the western suburbs.

"The authors who come in and discuss their work and sell their books, I don't make any money off that. It all goes back to the authors," Flores said. "And the artists who display their work in our restaurant, I don't charge them any rent to use the wall. The idea is to allow them to promote their work to the community."

The Tamale Hut Café Writers Group will hold its next gathering at 2 p.m. Saturday at the restaurant, 8300 W. Cermak Road. Members of the public are invited, including writers of all genres.

In addition to the literary events, the restaurant hosts gatherings catering to a more eclectic audience through its "Things that Make You Go Hmmm" Series. This group will host paranormal investigator Mary Marshall along with Greg DeGuire, who together host a radio program called "Paranormal MD." This presentation will be held at 7 p.m., and the kitchen will remain open until 8:30 p.m.

"On Saturday, there are going to be several things covered. Other than what they see on TV, people will find out what paranormal investigation really is," Marshall said. "There are a lot of things I want to bring up, things that people don't know much about. ... My goal is to make people think outside the box, and in this case it's the TV box."

As radio hosts, Marshall and DeGuire are transitioning their show from AM to the Internet, Marshall said. They make a unique combination on the air, she said.

"What I bring to the show is information on paranormal investigating," said Marshall, who teaches on paranormal research at Harper College in Palatine. "Greg is the alien/UFO guy. If you're playing Trivial Pursuit, he's the guy you want on your team for this stuff!"

Visit www.TheParanormalMD.com to learn more about Marshall's work. Her presentation at Tamale Hut Café is a BYOB event.