After studying operatic vocal performance at Boston Conservatory in the late 1980’s, Xanna made a name for herself in her hometown’s alternative music scene. That…
@surenuff...whatever: Here's my bio. What have you got? Anything?
I love being attacked by people who've done nothing. Amusing.
XANNA DON'T: After studying operatic vocal performance at Boston Conservatory in the late 1980’s, Xanna made a name for herself in her hometown’s alternative music scene. That name, according to The Boston Herald, was “The Country Queen of Boston.” In 1994, she logically moved her award-winning act to Austin, Texas, where she performed for a decade, and like many Austin musicians, occasionally stumbled into its film scene, appearing in Office Space, A Slipping Down Life, and other indie films. Booking live music for Austin’s Gay Pride celebrations for three years led to her proudest accomplishment: the creation and co-production of South By Southwest’s first ever all-gay music showcase in 2001, selling out Austin’s largest gay venue. In 2003, she and her wife of 18 years, then a Network Editor at CNN, relocated to Atlanta. In The ATL, Xanna worked for Atlanta's gay film festival as a board member, served on Atlanta Film Festival's screening committee, consulted and performed for Atlanta’s popular Southern Exposure all-GLBT music series in 2007 and 2008, and taught voice lessons to local rappers. She was the Entertainment Editor for Labrys, Atlanta's lesbian/women’s magazine, and Interim Editor of ATL Free Press, a glbt news and arts weekly. Xanna wrote the music preview for Atlanta Pride's 2011 official guide distributed to 250,000+ attendees of the southeast's biggest pride celebration. She also publishes her own independent ‘zine, Don’t Label It!, available in print on 100% recycled paper and on the web at www.dontlabelit.com. Newly based in Seattle where her wife now works for the CBS affiliate there, Xanna interviewed Margaret Cho this fall for Portland's gay monthly publication.
Some of Xanna’s press quotes include…
BOSTON HERALD: "The Country Queen of Boston" //
GIRLS-WORLD 2000: "The Grande Dame of Austin Music" //
AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN: "Austin's Underground Country Queen" // "Miss Xanna Don't does. Sing great, that is." / "rousing" / "unique country sound" / "...fiery twang vibe that has won fans over from Emo's to Cibolo Creek Country Club to gay pride rallies." //
AMERICAN AIRLINES AMERICAN WAY: "Miss Xanna Don't is hard to miss. She has beautiful eyes and white porcelain skin. But what really makes her stand out, aside from her stiletto heels, is her black beehive hairdo, a foot to a foot and half high 'depending on the weather.'" / "[Mike] Judge [director of Office Space] was looking for the fabled 'Texas big-hair look'...Miss Xanna was perfect."//
BOSTON GLOBE: "[one of] Boston's most respected musical minds" / "Her role in introducing country-rock to the local scene cannot be underestimated." / "a Patsy Cline heart with a punk rock attitude" / Top 10 Records of 1991 / "country diva" / "heck of a voice" / "strong impact" / "she's got the voice and the beehive" / "bright, winsome" / "one gets the real thing" / "Miss Xanna Don't as Mary Magdalene will rip your heart out." / "soaring" / "convincing" / "jaw dropping" / "Xanna Don't scores as Mary" //
SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS: "a powerful singer ///
Firstly, thank you, Mark, for the all the support. No, the two young men, to my knowledge, have not gone on record. And if you look at the comments that have been directed to me here, it’s easy to imagine why. They’re kids who made the brave effort to go to the big city and see an African-American gay film. Consider their lives: Are they out to their parents? Would going public make them homeless? Are they out at school? Would going public result in bullying there? Maybe they have jobs where they could be fired for being gay (legal in Georgia). Maybe being out where they live could result in physical violence against them. When you ask if they’ve gone on record, I’m once again reminded of how big the disconnect between the gay community and mainstream society still is, especially in the south.
And as for the TWO less-than-complimentary articles about me, my full press kit is over 100 pages of favorable reviews from publications like The Boston Globe and The Austin American Statesman. But I admire your research efforts and appreciate the fact that you had to sift through all my raves to get to them. Really. This isn’t about me. It’s about LGBTQ youth, and like I said, you can attack me all you want, but NOT our kids. Not ever.
Yes, the MySpace thing is funny. But this was four years ago and just like the discussion of 35 mm vs digital, there's no need to completely throw out the old (I have a DVR and a VCR, and I still have a turntable). A lot of bands still keep their MySpace pages because less than a decade ago it was the best way to get your music exposure. I'm not actively pursuing a music career anymore, but I was known as the Susan Lucci of The Boston Music Awards (5 nominations, no wins) and I do have a Boston Phoenix (equivalent of CL ATL) Best Music Poll award on my wall next to my wife's Peabody awards from CNN. What's on your walls, fellas?
I have no malicious intent. I've never met the owner. But it is admirable for him to admit the responsibilities of running a historical film venue were overwhelming. Instantly firing somebody didn't have to be the only option in that situation. But dismissing the incident so summarily wasn't a good move either. Maybe he could have come outside and spoken to the 50 of us assembled there. Maybe further investigation was warranted.
But it is rather hypocritical (and threatening, in Mr. Mateo's case) for many of the rest of you here in this forum to insist you know for a fact that three people were lying when you weren't even there that night.
It's over now. All's well that ends well.
Wow, I'm on west coast time and y'all'z making me tired. After this, I shall log off and give thanks for my wife and Mariska Hargitay, because they're both waiting for me. Here we go:
@GA6050ACM: The minute the audience was involved, it became a public incident. It happened to all of us at that point as a community: the tender ages of the young men (one a teenager) and the losses of bright gay youth we’ve suffered hurt us; it’s happened to the community. If that employee stole money from the register, that could be between her and her employer only. This was very different.
@THE TRUTH: This is about a very specific, life threatening blight against LGBTQ youth. It’s not fair to equate it to generalized political correctness. It’s shocking that children would take their own lives, or at least it should be, to ALL of us. If you want to call me a “faggot,” give it your best shot, because I’ve got a big grown up voice and I can defend myself. But if you mess with our kids, you better expect an outcry from the adults in our community who choose to do what we can to protect them, like using our big grown up voices. What happened was wrong, despicable, and hopefully, with new savvy management, will never be repeated there again.
Let's ALL be thankful for change and for loyal friends.
I sincerely wish Happy Holidays to all of you.
"That woman?" "That woman." Interesting phrasing, Mr. Mateo. How about three people. Three gay people. Why would "that woman" ruin her own night, a successful night (I was there), by making something like this up and somehow coercing two other people she'd never met before in her life to go along with it? Defies logic. Your loyalty to your friends is admirable, but the bottom line is that a very poor business decision was made, one that has proved more expensive than sensitivity training.
Unpaid suspension for a month with sensitivity training for the entire staff would have made sense. Too late now. Time to move on...
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