Avant-jazz group Strange Angels provide a good excuse to check out the new Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts

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If you haven't already heard of the newest cultural venue in Winter Park, Blue Bamboo (and it's likely you haven't, since they opened just five nights ago), here's their mission statement: "Supporting the artists of today and educating the artists of tomorrow." Hmm, pretty dry, but a worthy undertaking, to be sure. Tonight's show features one of the driving forces behind getting this place open, local composer Mark Piszczek, with his group Strange Angels, which includes local jazz cats Doug Mathews, Marc Clermont and Ed Krout: "We will be exploring musical soundscapes, free improvisational inventions and some damn catchy tunes by yours truly, Carla Bley, and Charlie Mingus. If you love the ECM record label, you'll almost certainly love our music." Now, even if you don't love the ECM label or know who Bley or Mingus are, this is your chance to experience a brand-new happening right at its inception. You wouldn't want to miss out on being able to say you were there from the beginning, now would you?

8 p.m. Friday, July 22 | Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park | bluebambooartcenter.com | $15


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