Abstract : We answer in the negative a question of Oporowski and Zhao [Discrete Math., 309 (2009), pp. 2948-2951] asking whether every graph with crossing number at most 5 and clique number at most 5 is 5-colorable. However, we show that every graph with crossing number at most 4 and clique number at most 5 is 5-colorable. We also show some colorability results on graphs that can be made planar by removing a few edges. In particular, we show that, if a graph with clique number at most 5 has three edges whose removal leaves the graph planar, then it is 5-colorable.