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Brooklyn not just about basketball for Prokhorov and his sister

Mike Stobe

Mikhail Prokhorov was in Brooklyn to attend the Nets playoff games vs. the Bulls. And at the same time, his foundation, the Mikhail Prokhorov Fund, was pushing culture, promoting the TransCultural Express, its three-year long US-Russia cultural exchange with the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The exchange is being produced by Prokhorov's sister, Irina Prokhorova, often described as one of Russia's leading intellectuals.

Starting May 31, BAM and the fund will begin a series of programs aided by a $1 million grant from the Fund announced in conjunction with the opening of Barclays Center. The collaboration will include screenings of contemporary Russian films, a literary evening with the Russian authors Masha and Keith Gessen, and an art installation by Irina Korina, from May 31 to June 13.

The Russian side, which takes place mostly in Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk, Siberia, includes performances and outreach programs by Illstyle & Peace Productions, a hip-hop dance company, April 19-28; an appearance by the writer and humorist Ian Frazier at the Krasnoyarsk Book Fair (Oct. 31 to Nov. 4) and an exhibition by Brooklyn artists at the Krasnoyarsk Biennial, in September.