Fans of the popular HBO series “Girls” were thrilled to see Montclair mentioned in Sunday night’s episode.
Lena Dunham’s ribald half-hour comedy about a group of 20-somethings exploring relationships in New York City recently won a Golden Globe for Best Television Series.
The episode featured a segment with Marnie, played by Allison Williams (NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams’ daughter) being interviewed for a job by an art dealer, played by Laurie Simmons (artist and Dunham’s real-life mom.) Here’s the dialogue:
AW: Marnie Michaels from Montclair, New Jersey! You know you have a terrific little museum there with wonderful Native American artifacts. Yes?
LS: Yes, yes and we also have, you know, a light orchestra, and um, we have a lot of cafes everywhere. There’s a farmer’s market there on Saturdays.
AW: It’s more cosmopolitan there now I think. Yes?
LS: Yes. I used to work at the bread store there, but he also had pesto and mozzarella…”
It’s wonderful to see the Montclair Art Museum, farmer’s market, and “a lot of cafes” get some well-deserved recognition, but “light orchestra?” Am I missing something? Montclair State University and several area schools have youth orchestras, but I wouldn’t call them “light.” What, exactly, could Marnie from Montclair be referring to?
Here’s an entertaining excerpt from the scene. Unfortunately, it begins just after the mention of Montclair, but it’s still worth watching.