Special events at the Cerrito Theater in November

“Times Talks Live,” featuring author John Irving, will be shown at the Cerrito at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2. This is a live — via satellite video-feed from New York — conversation between Irving and a critic from the New York Times. Irving, author of “The World According to Garp,” “The Cider House Rules,” and “A Widow for One Year” will discuss his new book, “Last Night in Twisted River,” and more! $15.

“Ready, Set, Bag,” a remarkably entertaining documentary about a competition for the best grocery baggers – and a look at the environmental issues behind “paper or plastic?” – will be shown Thursday, Nov. 5, as a benefit for the Contra Costa-Solano County Food Bank. Local filmmakers Justine Jacob and Alex D. da Silva will be on hand to talk about the film and its subject matter.

The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. – and anyone who brings two or more items of non-perishable food gets $1 off admission and 50 cents off a bag of popcorn.

So catch this film, have a great time, and help feed your less fortunate neighbors!

“Hotel for Dogs.” For you early risers, young people, and the young at heart, “Hotel for Dogs,” a popular children’s movie, will be shown Saturday, Nov. 7 as a benefit for a planned dog park right here in El Cerrito. The park, along the Ohlone Greenway at Potrero, will be named for the late Bruce King, a city employee who was known for his love of dogs. 10 a.m. $7.