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Things have changed in the indie-rock world. A plethora of new, overeager, and too often underskilled lads and lasses have saturated today’s small clubs and venues as booking managers. As a result, an endless nightmare of unreturned phone calls awaits today’s independent booker. Enter former Marginal Man guitarist and 9:30 Club show don Ken Inouye, an independent booking expert who promises to assuage your booking woes. He offers lessons in press-kit assembly, networking, and the all-important art of surviving six weeks in a van while broke, hungry, and cold. For those starving artisans who can afford it, Inouye presents “Out of the Basement and Onto the Stage: The D.I.Y. Musician’s Guide to Booking and Promotion” at 6:30 p.m. at First Class, 1726 20th St. NW. $35. For reservations call (202) 797-5102. (Mike Kanin)