The Spectrum Center will host the Second Annual Krewe of Erotes Ball Masque Fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 30,  at 7 p.m., at the C.E. Roy Community Center.

Guests are encouraged to dress up for the night and enjoy music by DJ Will Lowe, hors d’oeuvres by Vicki’s on Walnut, as well as a cash bar, silent auction and door prizes.

“The Erotes were winged gods of love in all forms, and the Krewe will do its part to spread that love!said Nathan Martin, incoming TSC Executive Board President.

The Spectrum Center hopes to celebrate unity and diversity with the LGBTQ+ community and the Pine Belt area as a whole.

“Hattiesburg is a diverse and open community,” said Keenon Walker, Executive Board member. “I was overjoyed with the support shown for our first pride event, and I hope to see more community support and involvement with this and many other LGBTQ+ events.”

The VICES issue of DIME is out now.

Not unlike Bette Davis sauntering down a New Orleans staircase in “Jezebel” or Vivien Leigh bursting into an Atlanta parlor in “Gone With the Wind,” the Scarlet Pearl Casino is making a grand entrance in the society of southern casinos this winter, joining the ranks of a couple dozen others Mississippi has to offer. The newest gaming resort on the Gulf Coast is in D’Iberville and is as fresh and naughty as a young, shiny pop star from a privileged family. It has 1,350 gaming machines, 45 table games and 10 poker tables. The hotel offers 300 rooms in a 14-story tower. With a miniature golf course and an inside café under an old oak tree, the contradiction dares you to play in an immaculate yet pretty place while pretending to live on the edge.