Long before Tribeca was a sea of cold-pressed juice joints, banks, and Spin studios, it was home to the Mudd Club. A crossroads of New Wave, post-punk, punk, art, and more, the spot at 77 White Street was a staple of New York’s nightlife landscape of the late ’70s and early ’80s. And while the club may have long since shuttered its doors, for one night only, that legendary demimonde will get a long-overdue revival.
On Thursday, the new Django at the Roxy Hotel will play host to The Mudd Club Rummage Sale. Benefitting the Bowery Mission Women’s Centers and headed up by Glenn O’Brien, Paul Sevigny, and legendary downtown photog Maripol, the event will boast more than 200 pieces straight from the closets, storage units, and studios of alums of the fabled club. Expect the crème de la crème of cool. To wit: Debbie Harry has donated a metallic blue Vivienne Westwood trench dress, Kim Gordon a painting, and Anna Sui and Betsey Johnson some of their own designs. Hell, your jewelry box could soon be brimming over with baubles from Maripol’s collection or the fruits of Patti Smith’s or Sting’s house cleaning. The mishmash of old and new items (ranging in price from $10 to $1,100) will also include pieces inspired by denizens of the spot, like licensed Haring and Basquiat skate decks. With an open bar and live performances by the B-52s’s Kate Pierson and the Patti Smith Group’s Lenny Kaye, plus the potential for some other boldface appearances, the evening promises a fair share of fun beyond shopping. Head here for tickets and more information.