free hit counters
Gregg Shapiro – QNotes

From Ana, with Love

As Victor’s mother Isabel, Ana Ortiz is given an opportunity to stretch as an actress and play a wide range of emotions. In Ortiz’s more-than-capable hands, Isabel is a complex and multi-faceted character and it’s a pleasure to see such a talented actress give her all to her performance.

‘War’ Hero

An Interview with Gay Historian and Writer Eric Cervini

…anyone looking for a compeling and juicy queer history read need look no further than “The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. The United States of America” (FSG, 2020) by Eric Cervini. Cervini, who received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge, took it upon himself to introduce readers to Frank Kameny, a legendary figure in the fight for LGBTQ rights.

Miners Miracle

An Interview with Daniel Burton of Early Day Miners

As musical genres go, slowcore (or sadcore, if you please) had its share of devotees and detractors. Early Day Miners’ 2000 debut album “Placer Found” (Secretly Canadian), was newly reissued, remixed and remastered for vinyl in an expanded 20th anniversary double LP set, including more than 15 minutes of previously unreleased material.

Live and More

An Interview with Ruthie Foster

Out singer/songwriter Ruthie Foster has the kind of voice that can give you chills and warm your heart at the same time. Soulful, sassy and as powerful as a transformer, it doesn’t matter if she’s singing one of her marvelous original compositions or putting her distinctive touch on a standard, the result is always a delight.

‘Feeling’ Good

An Interview with Pam Tillis

Pam Tillis is Country music royalty. The daughter of Country music legend Mel Tillis, Pam has had her own lengthy career as a singer/songwriter.

Taylor-Made

An Interview with Holland Taylor

According to Ryan Murphy, “Casting a television show is like casting a dinner party. It’s like, ‘Well, who do I want to sit next to for the next six months of my life?’” In the case of his new Netflix series “Hollywood,” that premiered on the streaming network on May 1, he set an amazing table, and seated his guests just so. One such guest is out actress Holland Taylor who plays no-nonsense 1940s movie studio exec Ellen Kincaid.

‘Moment’ by Moment

An Interview with Kristin and Desereé of Dance Loud

There are two sides to every story and that holds true in the case of “The Moment” (danceloudmusic.com), the debut 180-gram audiophile LP (also available via digital download) by Chicago-based queer electronic duo Dance Loud.

The Art of Love

Screen Savor

When gay actor turned writer/director Mike Doyle’s feature-length debut played the festival circuit it went by the terrible title “Sell By.” Set for release this spring, the movie is now called “Almost Love” (Vertical Entertainment), which we can all agree is also very bad.

Bigger Than Ever

An Interview with Big Freedia

Just when you thought that Big Freedia, the Queen of Bounce, couldn’t get any bigger than she already is, she gets even louder, as in the name of her new single “Louder.” It’s early 2020 and Big Freedia is virtually everywhere.

Funny Fortune

An Interview with Comedian Fortune Feimster

Comedian and actress Fortune Feimster is practically everywhere! Her hilarious Netflix special “Fortune Feimster: Sweet & Salty” premiered in January 2020 and is so funny you may find yourself repeatedly falling out of your seat.