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H Street haunt The Palace of Wonders—-D.C.’s only bar to boast a “monkey contemplating human bone skull,” a “cyclops fetal skull,” and a “living unicorn”—-celebrates its second birthday this weekend.

Helping ring in the sideshow bar’s terrible twos are D.C.’s Best Sideshow Duo Tyler Fyre and Thrill Kill Jill, burlesque performer Li’l Dutch, and “Skullduggery & Skin Show” performers Albert Cadabra and Gal Friday. During the three-hour show, Jill promises sword swallowing, magic, burlesque, belly dancing, fire eating, snake charming, bag pipers, aerialists, contortionists and a flea circus. Though personally, I’m not convinced there is actually a living unicorn.

Real Palace enthusiasts can celebrate the birthday twice—-first on Friday, June 27, and again on Saturday, June 28. Shows are 20 bucks a pop, and begin at 10:00 p.m. at the Palace of Wonders, 1210 H Street NE.

Flier after the jump.