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Atlanta Comics Expo, Tour de Georgia and more


Not even AIDS can steal EARVIN JOHNSON JR.'s magic. The former Los Angeles Lakers star who was diagnosed with HIV 15 years ago brings his Campaign to End Black HIV/AIDS to Atlanta today to promote education and awareness of the leading cause of death for African-Americans ages 24-44, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Free. 5:30 p.m. Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Ave. 800-893-6536; 7 p.m. Spelman College, Sisters Chapel, 350 Spelman Lane. 800-478-9732. (Renee Strevens)


Did you ever wonder what SpongeBob would look like dancing around with glow sticks? BABY LOVES DISCO dares to dream. The kid-friendly rave transforms the Loft into a childproof disco and offers mommies and daddies a release from the usual parent-child hangouts. DJs, bubble machines, healthy snacks, diaper-changing stations and dancing (or rhythmic crawling) abound for all. Just make sure that's only baby powder on junior's nose. $12. Noon-3 p.m. 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-1365. (Glenn LaFollette)


Oh, Dragon*Con. With thine bounty yet four months distant, how shalt fans of sci-fi, comics and fantasy slake their ample thirsts? Behold, Spawn of Dragon*Con, aka ATLANTA COMICS EXPO, a two-day comics, gaming and Asian-pop-culture festival with appearances by DC Comics legend Dick Giordano, Batman Confidential's Whilce Portacio and actor John Wesley Shipp, who not only played Dawson's dad on "Dawson's Creek," but was also the title character in the short-lived CBS series "The Flash." Through April 22. $10-$15. Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree St. 404-577-1234. (Andisheh Nouraee)


No, that's not the city giving up on MARTA and issuing everyone bicycles. The TOUR DE GEORGIA has brought some of the world's best professional cycling teams to Atlanta for the weeklong event's seventh stage and finale. The tour began in Peachtree City on April 16 and hit Macon, Rome, Dalton and parts of Tennessee before finishing with today's 77-mile circuit race throughout town, which ends around 4 p.m. in Centennial Olympic Park. Past winners include Lance Armstrong (2004) and Floyd Landis (2006). Free. 285 International Blvd. 770-631-1239. (GL)


APRIL 28 PACO PEÑA The world-renowned flamenco guitarist performs at the Rialto Center.

APRIL 29-30 GEORGIA BIG PICTURE CONFERENCE FILM FESTIVAL showcases Georgia student film talent.

MAY 1 ARCADE FIRE brings cathedral-inspired rock epics to the Atlanta Civic Center.

MAY 1-31 ATLART[07] Atlanta's annual monthlong visual-arts celebration officially opens.

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