While it’s tempting to believe that putting on a mask isolates you from society, curator Patrick A. Polk is here to say “face!” when he tells you all about Guatemalan Masks.  And on Guatemalan Independence Day, no less — oh, you shouldn’t have! It’s a symposium that’s part of the larger Fowler exhibition Guatemalan Masks: Selections from the Jeanne and Jim Pieper Collection, and you’ll see how the collected 80 wood masks — representing everything from animals to folk heroes — are used in dance-dramas that bring the community together through spirituality and shared memory, transmuting aeons of history into pageants of wonders.

Fowler Museum, 308 Charles E. Young Drive N., Westwood; Sun., Sept 15, 1 p.m.; free. (310) 267-4007, fowler.ucla.edu.

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