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Today In Events: ABC to Air Live ‘Little Mermaid’ Event, Pop-Up Cannabis Museum Looks to Educate Consumers, San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival Canceled

1. ABC TO AIR LIVE ‘LITTLE MERMAID’ EVENT: ABC will air a live production of The Little Mermaid on November 5, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Disney film. The event has announced Moana star Auli’i Cravalho as Ariel, Queen Latifah as Ursula, and Shaggy as Sebastian. The production, which is officially titled The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live!, is produced by Done & Dusted. Deadline: “ABC originally announced in May 2017 that it would stage a live production of the beloved underwater tale under the long-dormant Wonderful World of Disney banner, which was slated for October 3, 2017. In August of that year, the network announced that the live event had been put on hold. Since joining ABC last December as president of entertainment, Karey Burke has expressed strong support for live specials. Her commitment was likely reaffirmed in May after the success of Jimmy Kimmel’s live staging of two classic.”

2. POP-UP CANNABIS MUSEUM LOOKS TO EDUCATE CONSUMERS: A pop-up weed museum in Los Angeles is seeking to educate consumers about the history of cannabis in the U.S.—and it’s not selling any weed. The Weedmaps Museum of Weed opened in a 30,000-square-foot event space in Hollywood this weekend and runs through September 29. With interactive exhibits, organizers hope to upend stereotypes and stigma surrounding the drug. Adweek: “More broadly, they’re taking aim at law-enforcement policies that have for decades disproportionately targeted (and imprisoned) people of color and those from low-income communities. Seven exhibits cover cannabis and hemp’s origins and dive into Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan’s war on drugs (and their subsequent mass incarceration of minorities). TV screens in the latter area play the famous fried-egg PSA, ‘This is your brain on drugs.’ There’s a section called The Plant Lab that focuses on the latest tech and medical breakthroughs and how those may shape cannabis’ future, and one devoted to California’s compassionate decision to allow medical marijuana sales in the wake of the AIDS epidemic.” 

3. SAN FRANCISCO’S TREASURE ISLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL CANCELED: Treasure Island Music Festival, an annual indie music festival in San Francisco, has been canceled indefinitely. The event, which is produced by Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment, went on hiatus in 2017 after being forced to relocate from its namesake venue; it returned in 2018 to Oakland’s Middle Harbor Shoreline Park. San Francisco Chronicle: “The outdoor annual event launched in 2007, marking the first time live music was played for the public on Treasure Island since the Golden Gate International Exposition closed nearly 70 years earlier. … But the promoters were hit hard in 2016 as it marked Treasure Island Music Festival’s 10th anniversary. Just days before the festival, they had to improvise a new footprint on the southeastern point of the island adjacent to the Bay Bridge because construction booted it from its usual site on the Great Lawn, a 125,000-square-foot rectangle on the island’s west shore with views of the San Francisco skyline.”