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Review: Smashed

Within minutes of arriving on screen, Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) drunkenly wets her bed, sloppily teaches her kindergarten class, and wraps up a night of partying by smoking crack at the local homeless hangout.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 26, 2012

Prescription opioids have wreaked havoc on the Bay State. Will a new bill give relief?

First there's the pain. Then comes a prescription for an opioid: OxyContin, Tylox, Percocet, Roxicodone, among others. But what often follows is a vicious cycle of tolerance, increased dosages, abuse, and addiction.
The Price of Pain
By ERIN BALDASSARI  |  October 19, 2012

Review: Keep The Lights On

Ira Sachs's picture is many things: a snapshot of gay culture at the turn of the century, a brutally personal dramatization of his relationship with author Bill Clegg, a messy look at the realities of addiction, a formally audacious work in the tradition

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 12, 2012

Weapons in the War for Drugs: Marijuana Unit

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Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  September 28, 2012

Finding out what makes the Meat Puppets tick with a new oral history

As half-assed a form as it can be, the rock-band oral history is a folk form nonetheless, with a great claim to authenticity.
They Ain't Heavy, They're the Kirkwood Brothers
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 01, 2012

They call me Oil Can

Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd, a Mississippi native who lives in East Providence with his wife and two children, is one of the most complex, controversial players ever to don a Red Sox uniform.
Baseball, drugs, and life on the edge


Medical marijuana 2.0

The medical marijuana movement has always had to be nimble.
In a tough political environment, the movement weighs a tricky reinvention
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 13, 2012

Barfield and the bong

Any resemblance to real cartoon cats, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
By KARL STEVENS  |  December 30, 2011
The Rum Diary

Review: The Rum Diary

It's neat seeing Depp, more than a decade after his balding Raoul Duke in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , as the younger Hunter S. Thompson, softening mannerisms later made brittle with cocaine, even if the performance is all surface.
Depp as the younger Hunter S. Thompson
By ANN LEWINSON  |  October 28, 2011

'Bath salts' hysteria grips lawmakers

Like hopeless, strung-out junkies, one legislator after another babbled contradictions.
This is your Legislature on drugs
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 07, 2011

When God Walked Through the Projects

Boston's crack era effectively began in late 1986, when Darryl Whiting stepped into Roxbury's Orchard Park projects.
Twenty years after he became the first man in the state to get life in prison for dealing crack, Darryl Whiting's twisted legacy lives on
By GEORGE P. HASSETT  |  October 07, 2011

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Review: Littlerock(1)

Two young Japanese tourists, siblings Rintaro (Rintaro Sawamoto) and Atsuko (Atsuko Okatsuka), get stranded when their car breaks down in the California backwater of the title.
Altogether original
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 07, 2011

The Adventures of Captain Hub

And his adorable fuzzy sidekick, Super Quill.
By KARL STEVENS  |  September 30, 2011

How To Grow Pot In Your Dorm Room

First things first: If you follow the instructions below, you are an idiot who is risking fines, imprisonment, getting kicked out of school, and worse.
Time to make the nuggets
By ROY BLUNT JR.  |  September 30, 2011

Young activists explore police department

There are three streets in Portland that police lieutenant Janine Roberts won't walk down alone, learned a group of interested citizens organized by the League of Young Voters on a visit to the Portland Police Department last Wednesday.
Portland 101
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: Circumstance

Circumstance begins like an early Kiarostami film, but with schoolgirls in hijabs instead of schoolboys in sweaters.
Schoolgirls in hijabs
By ANN LEWINSON  |  September 09, 2011

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Review: Higher Ground

True to the film's title, Vera Farmiga tries to elevate the bitter dialogue between secularism and fundamentalism to higher ground, regarding both sides with compassion and clarity.
Farmiga's directorial debut
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2011
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Can a single woman peacefully co-exist with schlubby bachelor roommates? Absolutely!

Wait — you're living with guys? Don't you know they're filthy creatures who don't clean up after themselves and leave a trail of Doritos everywhere they go?!
Bachelor pad
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  September 02, 2011
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Dave Mustaine's righteous path

Now sober, the ginger frontman is not only sharing a bill with Metallica, but the stage in an end-of-the-night jam to celebrate the Big Four, along with Slayer and Anthrax, and commemorating 30 years of pioneering thrash by playing select gigs around the
Tragic hero
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 26, 2011
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Reimagining Porgy and Bess

In the new production at the American Repertory Theater, directed by Diane Paulus, Messrs. Heyward and Gershwin have been reworked by two actual African-Americans: two-time Obie Award winner Diedre L. Murray and Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African-Americ
The A.R.T. takes on the Gershwins' classic and prep it for Broadway
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 12, 2011

Holding on

Of all the details to emerge from the Norway atrocities last Friday, one of the most harrowing was the thought of those frightened, bewildered youngsters leaping from the shores of Utøya, dragging their limbs through the gloppy water as if in some kind
Death’s confluence: Amy Winehouse and the Norwegian terror victims
By CHRIS WRIGHT  |  July 29, 2011


Look out for 'bath salts'

Watch out for "bath salts" — a new synthetic drug that's been on the Maine market for less than a year but has wreaked havoc in that time.
Bad trips
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 29, 2011

Nikki Sixx faces his doppelgangers

Nikki Sixx remains a live wire when onstage with LA dirtbags Mötley Crüe.
Still shouting
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPER  |  July 15, 2011

Weapons in the War for Drugs

Weapons in the War for Drugs: A dispatch from the Marijuana Unit.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  April 15, 2011

Review: MTV's ''Skins''

MTV has rated its new Skins TV-MA LDS - which in plain English means teenagers smoking weed, popping pills, fucking each other, and having emotional breakdowns in a scripted show that MTV would like us to think is designed to be viewed by adults.
MTV attempts an American do-over
By SHARON STEEL  |  January 28, 2011

artist: Tricia Rose, Brown University’s hip-hop scholar, discusses rap’s creative crisis

Some 40 years in, rap is nothing less than a cultural juggernaut. But it has not lost its power to provoke.
Keeping it unreal
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 21, 2011


Mass pot reform blazes up

The Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (MassCann) is hardly a stoned cadre of spliff-roasting slackers. They don't have that luxury.
Legalize It
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 07, 2011

Crash Barry reads Sex, Drugs, and Blueberries at Longfellow Books

Crash Barry has become one of Maine's most distinctive literary personalities. His writing is a cross between the invasive, tell-all social commentary of Chuck Klosterman...
By webteam  |  December 15, 2010

DregNog Video Advent Calendar, Day #5: Silent Night, Trippy Night

The holiday season means something different to everyone. Some love to gather with family and friends and sing "Joy to the World" while they warm...
By Infinite Santa 8000  |  December 10, 2010
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D.R.U.G.S. at the Met

If the stage show by the band D.R.U.G.S. is as intense as its video for "If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably...
By webteam  |  December 07, 2010