Francesca Beard of Apples and Snakes told me about the perils of taking performance poetry onto London buses, when I interviewed her some time back, and how one of her co-poets (is there such a word?) almost got into a punchup with an inspector because he didn't have a valid ticket! Francesca also took poetry to the "creepy crawly gallery" of London's Natural History Museum.
I picked up this story of live lit in the laudromat* from Raman's website and went for a fast spin (geddit?) around the Dirty Laundry website where I found photos of performances, press clippings, an audio recording ... and helpful laundry tips.
The co-founder of the series is Emily Rubin, and the audience bring along their washing, and receive free boxes of detergent. According to Time Out New York:
The evenings are usually broken up into “wash” and “dry” segments, with music in between; the first reading lasts 26 minutes, or the duration of a normal wash. Occasionally, listeners become so engaged, they forget to add Downy to the rinse. Raffles are held at the end, with the winner receiving a laundry bag autographed by the authors. And yes, books are available for purchase.Now laundromats (laundrettes in British English) are not a phonomena we have here at all in Malaysia where we simply send clothes to the dobi and get them back all nicely washed and ironed. But I'm sure that there ought to be some simularly crazy venues for live lit events in KL ... can you think of any?