By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Dec 19, 2007 at 3:03 PM

I've heard many people say that they thought Daniel Johnston was dead after the 2004 release of tribute album, "The Late, Great Daniel Johnston," on which artists such as Bright Eyes, Beck, Tom Waits, Death Cab For Cutie and Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano made appearances.

Of course, a year later, with the release of the film "The Devil and Daniel Johnston," which earned director Jeff Feuerzeig the American Directing Award (Documentary) at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, we all realized he wasn't.

Despite his ongoing battles with mental illness, the infamous singer / songwriter and artist is still quite active, as is demonstrated by his recent album, "Lost and Found," and subsequent tour, which brings him to Turner Hall Ballroom on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $22 (Seated General Admission) in advance and go on sale Friday, Dec. 21 at noon at The Pabst Theater box office and The Riverside Theater box office, at and, or by calling (414) 286-3663 or (800) 511-1552. Tickets are $25 day of show.

Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”