Think: An Evening of Mind Reading and Magic Featuring Josh Norris at the Hotel Helix, Friday

Josh Norris became entranced by the field of magic at the age of 12, and he put on his first performance when he was 14.

"When you're a little kid, you think it's real," said Norris, now 28. "I couldn't get enough of it."

After years of corporate work, Norris has his own show Friday evenings in the month of August at the Hotel Helix.

"There's nothing like this in Washington, D.C.," Norris said. "There's not a whole lot of options for something different."

Norris' performances are not so much magic as they are a demonstration of psychology and hypnosis, exploring the use of body language and the illusion of mind reading. And yes, OK, some magic as well.

This Friday's show as well as the Aug. 24 one recently sold out, but tickets remain for the Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 performances. Each performance seats 50.

"There are no bad seats," Norris said. "The closer you are, the more interesting it is."

When: Cocktail hour and close-up magic 7 to 8 p.m., stage show 8 to 9:30 p.m. (additional dates Aug. 24 and 31 and Sept. 7)

Info: $35 general admission, $50 VIP seating;

Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival at National Harbor, Saturday

This third annual event features more than 50 beers, wine and spirits; and plenty of succulent crab meat.

When: First session 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., second session 5 to 9 p.m.

Info: Kids ages 12 an under free, kids ages 13 to 20 crab-only packages $40, adults beer-only package $50, VIP crab and beer package $110;

Third Eye Blind at Nationals Ballpark, Saturday

The Nationals' free postgame summer concert series continues this Saturday with Third Eye Blind ("Semi-Charmed Life," "Graduate"). The show is free if you buy a ticket to the game. Even better: The Nats have the best record in baseball and should put the hurt on the New York Mets.

When: Game starts at 7:05 p.m., concert to follow

Info: Concert free, game $50 to $350;

Adult Swim Pool Party at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, Sunday

This Sunday's edition of the weekly pool party at the Capitol Skyline Hotel will feature four bands, food, drink and plenty of splashing.

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Info: Free admission before 1 p.m. with a text RSVP of your full name to 202-RESERVE (737-3783), $20 after 1 p.m.;

Alan Jackson at Wolf Trap, Sunday

Guess how many No. 1 country hits Alan Jackson has had. Go on, guess. Thirty-five! Yes, Alan Jackson has had 35 No. 1 hits on the country chart. Is there any way he would play them all in one show? Doubtful. Go listen for yourself. With Craig Campbell.

When: 8 p.m.

Info: $50 in-house, $35 lawn;