This Friday, June 12, television officially goes digital. But you may not know that the inventor of the television, Philo T. Farnsworth (profile by late media theorist and career TV hater Neil Postman), transmitted the first TV image in his North Beach loft-turned-lab in 1927. To honor our local hero and mark digital TV's coming out, the SF Appreciation Society and UC Berkeley's Center for New Media will host a ceremony at Farnsworth's lab at 202 Green Street on Friday night, starting at 6:30pm.

The Death of Analog Television celebration will include special guests paying tribute to rabbit ears, sitcoms, soap operas, music television, and eerie vertical color blocks, with music provided by the Green Street Mortuary Band. Suggested donation is $5. RSVP here. After the ceremony ends, mourners will move to a local drinking establishment (TBD) for an informal reception.