"He's here all the time. He comes pretty often. Tonight, something just came up and he couldn't make it," a club employee told PEOPLE. "But he did drop off his iPod – that's what's playing. It's a shame he's not here, because he always plays really good music."
Culkin, whose gaunt appearance in a paparazzi shot made headlines Thursday, was expected to take to the turntables around 10 p.m. Around that time, a sign (above) was taped to a box downstairs by the bar telling fans a canned good would get them in for free, and with no "Mack" in attendance that dancing would be to his pre-selected tunes.
"Macaulay Culkin is in perfectly good health," his rep said in a statement. "For anyone to speculate or suggest otherwise is reckless, irresponsible and destructive. The massive media attention towards the status of Mr. Culkin's health is unnecessary but duly noted."
The club employee that PEOPLE spoke to hadn't heard of the photo controversy, but he said the food drive was legit – and that a lot of people brought canned goods.
The bigger question about the MIA actor: Was he home alone?