06/08/21 • Nebraska vaccine data • Nationwide case trends

After a Year of Little Hope or Help, Live Music Returns

The COVID-19 pandemic shuttered venues and kept artists from performing.
Now Omaha’s stages are starting to fill again.

Reed Moore’s Daily Rundown

Happy National Best Friends Day!

Today’s news is all about celebrating besties: Face masks will be optional in Omaha Public Schools, affordable housing opportunities in Sarpy County hit an all-time low, and getting your COVID-19 vaccination at Henry Doorly Zoo means free zoo perks.

~ Harper’s Index Facts of The Day ~

  1. Portion of jobs in California’s arts and culture industry that have been lost during the pandemic: 1/2 of jobs
  2. Portion of jobs in New York City’s arts and culture industry that have been lost during the pandemic: 2/3 of jobs

Sources: 1. California Employment Development Department (Sacramento); 2. Office of the New York State Comptroller (Albany)

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Dining After Dark in Omaha


It is hard to overlook Mercury as a late-night eatery and pub because the kitchen remains open until last call. You will likely doubly appreciate the aesthetic of this contemporary mid-century cocktail lounge if you like the classier things in life, although you may be disappointed if you assume the place has something to do with Freddie Mercury. There is no relation.

Connoisseurs of wine will rejoice at Mercury’s vast selection. And food lovers will appreciate how the food, which will satisfy, is subject to change any given day. They’ll enjoy options ranging from snacks and sandwiches to pasta and scintillating drinks.

If you find that little can compete with a craft cocktail or bubbling wine on a beautiful day, you will find great comfort perusing the menu. And with a name like Mercury, you can bet it will be an out-of-this-world experience, the kind that exists only in the late-night hours of Omaha.

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