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’

Just as the Olympic Games offer “the youth of the world” a chance to assemble and strut their athletic stuff, “Next Generation,” which will celebrate its fifth anniversary May 14 at the Boston Opera House, is an opportunity for Boston’s young musicians and dancers to shine. The evening is a collaboration between New England Conservatory, whose Youth Philharmonic Orchestra performs in the pit, and Boston Ballet School, whose students are joined by members of the youth company Boston Ballet II on stage.

For Andrés Salguero, the kids are all right

Andrés Salguero still remembers the first time he was invited to perform for a group of children. A freelance musician living in Kansas City at the time, he welcomed the opportunity, even if it left him scratching his head a little bit. The pitch went something like this:

//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/2011-2020/2015/06/26/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Schutz.jpg Philip Guston’s influence assessed at Steven Zevitas Gallery

The influence of Guston, who in the late 1960s abandoned Abstract Expressionism for angry, neurotic, and cartoonish images, is assessed.

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.

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.