Family entertainment

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater artistic director Robert Battle (front) with (from left) Antonio Douthit-Boyd, Rachael McLaren, Jacqueline Green, Jamar Roberts, and Alicia Graf Mack.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater artistic director Robert Battle (front) with (from left) Antonio Douthit-Boyd, Rachael McLaren, Jacqueline Green, Jamar Roberts, and Alicia Graf Mack.

Ailey meets Ellington in ‘Pas de Duke’ and more

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Celebrity Series engagement marks its 44th appearance in Boston. By Karen Campbell

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/03/23/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/032214_familytheater_01.jpg ‘Homework Machine’ adds musical score to popular tale

Mark Cabaniss transformed Dan Gutman's best-selling book into a musical for young audiences at the Calderwood Pavilion.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/01/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/LDFJB_Aqui_Alla_Promo_4.jpg Critic’s picks: Pop music

Alisha Gaddis and Lucky Diaz bring the Family Jam Band to the Center for the Arts in Natick.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/04/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/DL8_20130719_00958-Edit--90x90.jpg Critics’ picks: Family theater

Family-friendly theater performances in the Boston area.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/04/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/caepress5--90x90.jpg Critic’s picks: Classical music

Jeremy Eichler’s selection of family-friendly concerts and events.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/04/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Bodytraffic_event_large_1--90x90.jpg Critic’s picks: Dance

BodyTraffic brings “o2Joy,” which melds ballet with hip-hop, to the Institute of Contemporary Art.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/04/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/NC12.042-001--90x90.jpg Critic’s picks: Museum exhibits

Sebastian Smee’s museum suggestions, including “Soundsuits” at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

dvd releases

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/03/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/little%20rascals.jpg Rascals, dinosaurs, Bieber, and more

DVD releases that are ready for the whole family to enjoy.

Model ships at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover include the Flying Cloud (top) and the Mayflower.

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Beating a path to the boats in the Addison’s basement

There are two dozen ship models in the Addison Gallery of American Art collection, commissioned by the museum in the early ’30s.

Looking forward to the ‘Next Generation’

The orchestra’s fifth anniversary at the Boston Opera House is an opportunity for Boston’s young musicians and dancers to shine.

For Andrés Salguero, the kids are all right

Salguero will release his debut album this month and tour the East Coast, with several shows in the Boston area.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/03/31/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/TCBGTE3.jpg How Boston helped ‘Birder’s Guide’ take flight

Writer-director Rob Meyer’s well-received 2007 short film “Aquarium” drew on his own teen years as a member of the Boston Aquarium Society.

Local galleries

Galleries

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/13/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/DSC_0778.jpg A primary hue takes on myriad nuances in Gloucester

Gloucester provides a cornucopia of artistic endeavors.

Special section

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/12/28/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/180615778-001--90x90.jpg 2013: The Year in Arts

A look back at the trends, successes, and letdowns in theater, video games, classical music, television, and more.

Books

Book Review

‘The Opening Kickoff’ by Dave Revsine

In his lively, well-researched new book, the former ESPN sportscaster reminds us that college football has always been a glamorous cesspool.

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Wahlberg in talks to tackle ‘Deepwater Horizon’

Mark Wahlberg may star in the movie about the 2010 explosion of the BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Local artist to exhibit in McConaughey movie

Painter Marcia Crumley’s works will decorate the set of “Sea of Trees,” which is being filmed in Worcester.

Special section

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/19/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/1C_2007--90x90.jpg Museums Special

A look at what New England museums have to offer, including high-tech changes at Harvard’s Semitic Museum, directors’ favorites, and odd attractions.

Special section: Boston Ballet

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/09/14/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/ballet2--90x90.jpg Boston Ballet at 50

Repositioned after a financial crunch, the dance company is growing in size and ambition.