It's tough to weave together a more interesting biography than Randall Yarbrough's, whose press kit pegs him as a childhood armadillo racer, a bull rider in adolescence, and a gypsy in young adulthood. Those curious about his warm, winsome, fractured work should attend the opening reception Wednesday night at downtown's Historic Gas Company Lofts. Yarbrough's large-scale murals trace narrative arcs around the distinctive, art deco venue; his aim is to create "prose with paint," culling story elements from his rural youth, a smorgasbord of natural beasts, and the carnival. To sweeten the pot, the Jan. 20 opening will be hosted by eventsmith Jenn Laskey, who also coordinated last summer's popular Era parties at the Oviatt Penthouse. Complimentary wine and beer at the bar, a chance to see Yarbrough's latest body of work, and Laskey's typical crowd of cultured, good-looking scenesters make the show an enviable Wednesday night destination. Gallery runs through March 1st at 810 South Flower Street, 90017.