The 73rd annual ATLANTA DOGWOOD FESTIVAL returns to Piedmont Park this year and has announced collaborations with the National Black Arts Festival, Dad's Garage Theatre Company, Jeff Justice's Comedy Classes and more. Festival-goers can enjoy cocktails at the Open Air Comedy Club on Lake Clara Meer, a gospel concert, and music and dance from around the world. Can't wait until Friday? Get a sneak peek at the Preview Party on Thurs., April 16, at 6:30 p.m., featuring live music from Michel Innocent. Through April 19. $12-$15. Fri., noon-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m. 400 Park Drive. 404-817-6642. www.dogwood.org. (Alicia Wages)
HERMON HITSON is a long-standing Georgia music fixture who has played songs with everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Santana to the Allman Brothers to the Mighty Hannibal. His albums have traversed a wide array of styles, covering everything from psychedelic rock to soul and even country. These days his sound is a culmination of all of the above, resulting in a deeply Southern take on soul, R&B and rock 'n' roll sounds. East Ponce Faction also performs. $5. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. (Chad Radford)
APRIL 23 ATLANTA UNSIGNED URBAN SHOWCASE BMI presents record industry stars and promising unsigned talent at E.S.S.O. nightclub. www.bmi.com.
APRIL 24-26 THREE Several Dancers Core joins forces with three renowned female choreographers from three different countries to create new works at 7 Stages Theatre. www.severaldancerscore.org.
APRIL 25 THE FLYING DUTCHMAN Atlanta Opera opens its final production of the season at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. www.ticketmaster.com.
APRIL 25 PUPPET UP! -- UNCENSORED Puppets go wild on film at the Center for Puppetry Arts. www.puppet.org.
APRIL 26 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND Visit Philips Arena. www.ticketmaster.com.