Plans to expand and to improve Portland's Grime Studios are that much closer to becoming a reality, by virtue of a recent endowment that will go toward reconciling the biggest challenge facing local artists: finding affordable, accessible and accommodating workspaces.

The more strikingly sublime things begin to look, the more tragic the realities of adulthood come to be realized. And yet Neptune, the newest film from local production company Last House Productions, premiering in Portland on Thursday, highlights the luminous possibilities that can blossom …